After a public dispute about the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House in November.
"There is an ongoing effort right now to arrange a meeting between the president and Prime Minister Netanyahu,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. “I would anticipate that we will have a date set shortly but I think that you can look for Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit the White House sometime in early November to meet with the president.”
President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Earnest said he is not aware if the two leaders have spoken since the Senate vote Thursday that guaranteed Congress would not kill the deal.
“As we have often said, there is probably no world leader with whom we have met more times with than Prime Minister Netanyahu,” Earnest said. “I haven’t checked the latest stop watch but I think that statistic is probably still true.”
Obama did not meet with Netanyahu when the prime minister addressed Congress in March, warning about the dangers of the Iran deal.
Earnest continued talking about “depth of the security relationship between our two countries” despite the strong disagreement over the Iran deal, which Netanyahu argued in front of Congress earlier this year would make it more likely Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon.
“Despite our well-known differences on some key issues, the bond between the United States and Israel when it comes to our security relationship is unshakable,” Earnest said. “I can’t think of another situation over the last six years of his presidency where there has been an ally of the United States with who we had such a vigorous and public disagreement, but the fact that these two countries can come together and have a conversation and have an in person meeting, reflects the commitment of the leaders of both those countries. “