Obama to host Netanyahu at White House


(JTA) — President Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House for talks.

The meeting will be held May 20 in the Oval Office, and the effort to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process reportedly will be the main item on the agenda.

"The leaders look forward to discussing the full range of issues of mutual interest to the United States and Israel," the White House said in a statement issued Wednesday evening.

Netanyahu will be in Washington to speak at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference May 21. He is scheduled to address both houses of Congress in a joint meeting at the invitation of House of Representatives Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio). Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on May 23 is expected to outline his plans for peace with the Palestinians.

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