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US Secy of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at joint news conference at Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, April 29 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mulling a trip to London to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to a report from the Prime Minister’s Office.

If Netanyahu goes ahead with his plan, the prime minister would travel to London for the meeting on Tuesday, in order to meet with the Secretary on the sidelines at the two-day NATO summit taking place in the British capital.

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US President Donald Trump plans to be at the gathering, as do numerous other European leaders as well, some of whom may meet with Israel’s prime minister that same day.

Netanyahu’s office is exploring the possibility of arranging meetings with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Germany’s Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Israel has an interest with at least one issue on the agenda at the gathering: the question of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

Also on the agenda is the issue of terrorism, which Macron has called “our common enemy … which has hit all of our countries,” Reuters reported, as well as the issue of Turkey’s opposition for NATO’s defense plan for the Baltic States, the strategic challenge of Russia and the broadening of China’s sphere of influence, among other subjects.

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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.