Senior Israeli official says Biden invited Netanyahu to the White House

President Joe Biden listens as he meets with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 5, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Joe Biden listens as he meets with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 5, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A senior Israeli official tells Hebrew media that during yesterday’s conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden, the American leader twice said they would meet in the Oval Office.

An initial statement from Netanyahu’s office had said that the two would meet in the US. No invitation was mentioned in the White House readout of their call, although US officials later confirmed the agreement to meet.

The vague wording of the announcement fueled speculation that the two could sit down on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s high-level meeting in September when both leaders are expected to be in New York.

Biden had been refusing to invite Netanyahu due to displeasure with the policies of his hardline government.

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