The Prime Minister of Israel, Bejamin Netanyahu, will talk with U.S President Barack Obama about more ways to improve Israel’s security when the two meet Monday morning in Washington.
A first meet in over a year
This is the first time the two will be face to face in over a year and Netanyahu will want to renew the ten-year Memorandum of Understanding that expires in 2017, by which Israel received $3.1 billion a year, says The Jerusalem Post. But the Israeli part is also likely to propose a new deal: $50 billion over ten years.
“I believe that this meeting is important in order to clarify the continuation of American aid to Israel in the coming decade. It will be another step toward realizing an understanding in this direction. My conversation with the president will center on recent events in the Middle East, including in Syria, possible progress with the Palestinians, or at least stabilizing the situation with them, and, of course, strengthening the security of the State of Israel, which the US has always been committed to, while maintaining the State of Israel’s comparative advantage in the face of a changing Middle East and a cycle that changes less”, said Netanyahu at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to the same source.
Regional security issues, to be discussed
Before leaving for Israel on Wednesday, Netanyahu will also speak in front of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the annual Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly and the Center for American Progress.
“The president looks forward to discussing with the prime minister regional security issues including implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [the Iran deal] to peacefully and verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Prime minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the US and Israel as well as the unprecedented security cooperation including our close consultations to further enhance Israel’s security”, said the White House press secretary John Earnest.