Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US President Joe Biden on September 21 when both leaders are in New York for the annual UN General Assembly, Israeli diplomatic sources told The Times of Israel Thursday.
If it indeed takes place, the meeting will end a lengthy period that saw the American leader keep Netanyahu at arm’s length as the premier impatiently awaited an invitation, underlining the deep malaise between Washington and the hardline government in Jerusalem.
However, it remained unclear if the pair would also sit down at the White House in Washington, as Netanyahu has sought. This would be seen as a significant diplomatic upgrade from a sideline meeting far outside the seat of American power.
There was no immediate comment from the Prime Minister’s Office or the White House, both of which had last month confirmed plans for a meeting while declining to name a time or place.
The Walla news site, citing American sources, reported that Biden was still on the fence about whether to invite Netanyahu to the White House following the UN General Assembly.