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Netanyahu, Obama to meet at end of June

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Washington with President Obama at the end of the month.

Israeli officials told Jewish groups Tuesday that Netanyahu would be in the U.S. capital on June 28-29.

Netanyahu had been scheduled to meet with Obama last week, but was diverted by the fallout of Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-flagged ship attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Obama and Netanyahu both want to upgrade U.S.-brokered "proximity" talks between Israel and the Palestinians to direct talks.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Obama.

Abbas also is meeting Wednesday evening with the leaders of major American Jewish groups, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, as well as Jewish former White House officials including Elliott Abrams of the Bush administration and Sandy Berger of the Clinton administration.

The Center for Middle East Peace is convening the meeting.

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