Netanyahu tells Biden Palestinians will be part of Saudi deal, but won’t have veto

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Joe Biden in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Joe Biden in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talks with US President Joe Biden focused on “how to advance peace with Saudi Arabia,” says a senior Israeli official after the meeting between the two.

“They agreed to move forward with working teams. The focus was on how to advance the deal, not whether to. They went into a lot of detail.”

The senior official says that Netanyahu told Biden that “Palestinians should be part of the process, but shouldn’t have a veto over the process.”

“The meeting was very open, very friendly,” says the official.

The government’s controversial judicial overhaul did come up, though it was not central to the meeting, according to the official.

“Netanyahu told him his general position, that we want to reach a consensus with the opposition or the public. It was not the focus,” the official says.

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