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Netanyahu and Obama to reportedly meet at UN in September

Iran likely to be at top of agenda

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in March 2012 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in March 2012 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly meet with US President Barack Obama next month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Prime Minister’s Office could not confirm the report, in the Hebrew daily Maariv Friday, saying Netanyahu’s plans at the world confab were still being arranged.

The Maariv report, based on unnamed Washington officials, says that the meeting was requested by both sides. The two last met in March, when Netanyahu traveled to Washington for a meeting of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The General Assembly begins on September 26, the Jewish high Holy day of Yom Kippur, and Netanyahu will arrive in New York a day later.

The agenda of the meeting will likely be topped by discussions on how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. Israel reportedly wants to carry out a military strike before Iran’s weaponization program crosses a threshold of no return, and reportedly wants US backing in such an action.

A number of top American officials have visited Israel in the last several months, ostensibly to dissuade Israel from carrying out a  strike on Iran.

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