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Netanyahu seeking White House backing to ease into direct peace talks with Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to the United States and met with President Barack Obama in the White House. The meeting marks the fifth time the two leaders have met since taking office.

A high-ranking Israeli official said Netanyahu will try to use the encounter to rebuild trust with the U.S. president and to formulate a joint plan for pushing forward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Netanyahu was expected to present several new ideas for jumpstarting talks. In addition, he will reportedly attempt to reach a compromise with the United States over the nature of potential Israeli construction in the West Bank following the expiration of the 10-month settlement building freeze in late September.

via Netanyahu seeking White House backing to ease into direct peace talks with Palestinians – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

MORE: President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House on Tuesday, talks focusing on Israel-Palestinian peace efforts, and regional security issues. Our White House correspondent has this preview of the meeting, which U.S. officials say comes at a time of momentum on several fronts.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s last visit in March came amid the roughest spot in relations in years, with tensions over the issue of Israeli settlement policy in an area of mostly Arab East Jerusalem.

via Obama, Netanyahu to Meet at White House | Middle East | English.

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