The Israeli Prime Minister and the new US President are scheduled to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) for their first meeting and will likely discuss the prospects of a Palestinian state. Also, while with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Netanyahu will bring up the issue of visas for Israelis entering the US.
Trump and Netanyahu scheduled to meet for first time tomorrow (Archives) Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon, GPO/Channel 2 News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) with the new US President Donald Trump. Netanyahu is expected to avoid using the term “Palestinian state” and will likely explain to Trump that establishing such a state is impractical.
Tomorrow at 2 PM Eastern time, US President Trump and the Israeli Prime Minister will meet for the first time since Trump took office last month and Netanyahu is anticipated to leave tomorrow’s meeting with positive gains for his coalition.
It is presumed that Netanyahu will tell the president that he is willing to negotiate with the Palestinians but does not believe establishing a state is possible. Furthermore, Netanyahu will probably remind Trump of his previous agreements to enter into direct negotiations while the Palestinians refused.
Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
In addition, during his visit to Washington DC, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with the intention of raising one of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s goals for the next year: eliminating the US visa requirement for Israelis.
Michael Flynn Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Netanyahu’s visit to Washington comes during an inconvenient time for the new president following the controversial resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which was previously reported by JOL.
Flynn already met with his Israeli counterpart, Israel’s National Security Council Chairman Yaakov Nagel, a few days ago. Flynn and Nagel stated that the meeting was successful and they agreed to meet again in the following days. However, now after Flynn’s resignation, Israel finds itself without a key player in security cooperation and must look for new sources of power in Washington.