Netanyahu to speak with Biden amid deepening rift

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Joe Biden in Tel Aviv, October 18, 2023. (Miriam Alster/ Flash90)
File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Joe Biden in Tel Aviv, October 18, 2023. (Miriam Alster/ Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden will speak by phone at 4:30 p.m. Israel time, an Israeli official tells The Times of Israel.

Biden initiated the conversation, according to the official.

The conversation comes amid rising public friction between Israel’s government and the White House over the war in Gaza.

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