Netanyahu and Obama to meet in New York on Wednesday

Leaders to meet during UN General Assembly; Meeting to center on Iran, US-Israel ties and “two-state solution”; Netanyahu thanks US for new military aid package in Sunday cabinet meeting

Obama and Netanyahu 2014 (AFP)

Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with President Obama in New York on Wednesday, reports confirming the bilateral meeting to take place during the United Nations General Assembly. Netanyahu will also deliver his annual address to the General Assembly where he will “present Israel’s case to the world.”

The last meeting held between Netanyahu and Obama took place last November. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Office released the following statement on the meeting: At the expected meeting with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will thank him personally for the security assistance agreement that was signed last week.The agreement expresses the depth of the strategic relationship between Israel and the United States. At his meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu intends to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Middle East as well as the way to advance peace and security.”

According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the bilateral meeting will address Iran, bilateral relations between Israel and the United States and “an opportunity to discuss the need for genuine advancement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground.”

The meeting comes just a few days following the historic signing of new memorandum of understanding between both states. The United States renewed military aid package set for the next decade will provide Israel with $38 billion in It is the largest aid package given to a foreign state in U.S history and the largest military aid package provided to Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the military aid during his weekly Sunday cabinet meeting, thanking the Obama Administration and reaffirming strong US-Israel ties. He stated “Last week we signed the security assistance agreement with the United States for the coming decade. Israel will receive $38 billion in order to strengthen our military and our defensive systems against missiles. I would like to thank President Obama, the American Congress and the American people. The support for Israel in the United States is stronger than ever. It crosses political parties and embraces the length and breadth of the United States and it finds expression in this agreement. This is the largest assistance agreement that the United States has ever provided to any country in its history, and this agreement proves the depth of the relationship, and the strength of relations, between Israel and the United States… This is an agreement that will greatly strengthen the security of Israel, and we should all welcome it and express our appreciation to the United States.”