Netanyahu to meet Trump two weeks before Israel’s election
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Netanyahu to meet Trump two weeks before Israel’s election

Israeli PM and American president will come together at the White House at the end of the month

An election campaign billboard of the ruling Likud party reading 'Netanyahu is a different league' shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump (L) shake hands at the entrance to Jerusalem.. Photo by: JINIPIX
An election campaign billboard of the ruling Likud party reading 'Netanyahu is a different league' shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump (L) shake hands at the entrance to Jerusalem.. Photo by: JINIPIX

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House at the end of March, just two weeks before the Israeli elections.

The March 25-26 visit overlaps with the national conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

The two leaders “will discuss their countries’ shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting” on the 25th and will have dinner the next day, according to an announcement from the White House Press Office.

In the past, American presidents have been reticent to meet with Israeli leaders close to elections for fear of implicitly influencing the vote. In addition, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently visiting Israel.

A member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, appeared to use the White House announcement to boost Netanyahu’s campaign. She tweeted the announcement Wednesday, writing that “There’s only one leader in Israel who is able to remove the Iranian threat, and it’s P.M. Netanyahu.”

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