Biden, Netanyahu to meet at UN General Assembly, after months of tensions

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WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden will meet with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, a White House official said, after months of tensions.

The pair will meet to discuss “the shared democratic values between the United States and Israel and a vision for a more stable and prosperous and integrated region, as well as to compare notes on effectively countering and deterring Iran,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Friday.

Mr Netanyahu had announced earlier this month that he would visit the United States, one of Israel’s staunchest allies – but initially there had been no plans for meeting with US officials during the trip, an unusual case for visiting Israeli leaders.

Mr Biden has criticised the judicial overhaul that Mr Netanyahu’s hard-right government is advancing, which opponents describe as a threat to democracy in Israel.

Mr Netanyahu has yet to be invited to the White House since returning to power in December at the helm of what Mr Biden had described as “one of the most extremist” administrations in Israeli history.

In July, the White House said Mr Biden and Mr Netanyahu would “meet in the United States later this year,” without providing further details. AFP

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