Photo Credit: Office of PM Binyamin Netanyahu
PM Binyamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for his upcoming visit to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House next week.

On the laundry list for his visit is a request for a $50 b, 10-year military foreign aid package for Israel.

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It has been a very long time since Netanyahu was welcomed by Obama to the White House — or invited for any reason, for that matter. White House officials have already told reporters they are receptive to the idea of increasing aid to Israel but are not specifying what or how much.

Also on the agenda are two other issues that have consistently remained areas of contention between the two leaders throughout their terms: Iran and “peace” with the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu has told his constituency that he will not limit building within Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – a key demand by Obama. But quietly it appears the Israeli prime minister has done that very thing several times and may even be doing it again, perhaps at the request of the U.S. to jumpstart talks once more. Who knows?

Regardless, “Israel and America are fundamental and strategic allies that share the same interests and values,” maintained officials on both sides of the Atlantic on Thursday.

Israel receives the most defense aid from the United States than from any other nation at present. That is, when it is not engaged in a war for survival with Hamas in Gaza, when suddenly its combat supplies were frozen by Washington in summer 2014 during Operation Protection Edge as missiles rained down on Israeli civilians.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Bibi should watch his back, Obama might just try to stick a knife in it. oh, silly me, the Obamanation has already done that over and over again. Bibi needs to read the Tanach again and learn, one Must Not Give In to those who want to destroy you, and sadly, he has given in any number of times… may HaSh-m guide him, may he see what is the truth and act on it accordingly

  2. I can think of no good reason for Netanyahu to be going to Obeyme's office. I just hope he doesn't tell him anything classified again. He's already been betrayed several times by America's first anti-American, pro-Islamofascist, illegal President.

  3. PRAYERS for Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel,Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount, for Shalom fullness of Protection and Provision and Blessing in every single area, for the Glory of the Living God of the House of Abraham, Isaac, an Jacob, in the Name of All that is Holy and Righteous in the Father God Jehovah – Amen!

  4. There is much to be done-these two statesmen must look inward -listen to the finer fiber of their souls-feel the needs – feel the hurts- understand the worlds needs-it goes beyond their personal needs and feelings-they stand on the threshhold -a chance to be the great statesmen they are capable of being–NOW

  5. HE SHOULD NOT GO! HE IS ACTING LIKE AN INNOCENT BIY BEING SENT TO THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE. IT IS DISRESPECTFUL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL AND ALL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

    WHILE OBAMA IS PRESIDENT, IT SHOULD BE REFERED TO AS THE BAKCK HOUSE OR THE BLACK MOSQUE.

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