On March 5, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit US President Donald Trump in Washington, the White House has announced. This meeting will mark the fifth time the two have met since Trump took office.

Trump and Netanyahu in Israel

Trump and Netanyahu in Israel Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

White House representatives announced on Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit US President Donald Trump in Washington for the two leaders’ fifth meeting since Trump took office. The meeting will take place on March 5.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu told Likud officials that the issue of asserting Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank had been discussed with US officials. This statement was strongly denied by the White House.

“Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false,” the White House said. “The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the president’s focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.”

The White House statement, which was announced shortly after a top Netanyahu aide clarified that the Israeli prime minister has not discussed the matter with Washington, led to an uproar from Palestinians and the Arab world.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu is in the middle of a political scandal and could possibly face corruption charges, although this is not expected to influence Israeli-American relations. Regarding this matter, the White House stressed in its statement that the relationship is strong and that the Trump administration is still working on its peace plan.