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Netanyahu, Biden now holding private meeting

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

US President Joe Biden  (C R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C L) on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)
US President Joe Biden (C R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C L) on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden are now holding a private meeting after public statements and a meeting with their top aides and advisers.

Among those present are US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan and Amos Hochstein Biden’s senior adviser for energy and investment who negotiated the maritime border deal between Israel and Lebanon.

On the Israeli side is Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer and Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog. Dermer was key to negotiating the Abraham Accords during his time as ambassador to Washington but angered many Democrats.

The atmosphere was markedly less friendly than other meetings between the US president and Israeli prime minister. Both sides sat quietly at the start of the meeting.

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