3rd Netanyahu-Trump meeting reportedly in the works

According to an Israeli newspaper, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sit down with US President Donald Trump during his upcoming trip to the US. The meeting is reportedly scheduled for September 17. However, no official announcement about the meeting has been made.
Trump and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Next month, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to meet in New Jersey at the former's residence, the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reported Sunday. Although neither the Prime Minister's Office nor the White House has confirmed the report, the meeting is apparently slated for September 17.

The meeting will take place during Netanyahu's trip to the US for the outset of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Before arriving in New York, Netanyahu will visit several South American countries such as Argentina and Colombia.

If the Israel Hayom report is accurate, this will be the third face-to-face meeting between the two leaders this year. Netanyahu and Trump first met in Washington in February. Trump then came to Israel in May during his first international trip.

Trump and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Flash 90

Last week, Netanyahu met with Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who was leading the American delegation that visited several Middle Eastern countries in an effort to restart the peace talks between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Before the two sat down for their official meeting, Netanyahu sounded very optimistic about renewing the peace talks. "We have a lot of things to talk about," Netanyahu said. "How to advance peace, stability and security in our region — prosperity too — and I think all of them are within our reach."

"I am happy to see you and the effort you’re leading on behalf of the [US] president with Jason [Greenblatt] and other members of your team,” Netanyahu added. “I think this is a sign of the great alliance between us and the great goals that guide us."

Kushner replied to Netanyahu by saying: "We are very appreciative of your team and all the efforts they've made. The president is very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area. And we really appreciate the commitment of the prime minister and his team to engaging very thoughtfully and respectfully in the way that the president has asked him to do so."  

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