WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to the White House this week, and US President Donald Trump wants to be prepared.
White House officials are finalizing language for the president to share for the first time with Netanyahu in private, and for the first time in front of cameras shortly after he’ll host the Israeli premier on Wednesday.
Senior Trump aides consider Netanyahu’s visit a capstone of their monthslong, delicate review of historic US policy on Middle East peace.
In their first Oval Office meeting, Netanyahu will have a chance to set forth his priorities in the US-Israel relationship. Administration officials expect him to focus on Iran. But Trump will also underscore his desire for a genuine peace process with the Palestinians – and his view that settlement expansion is impeding such a process.
Jared Kushner, the president’s senior adviser and son-in-law, is expected to attend Wednesday’s meetings…
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