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US President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listen to a question during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 6, 2010.
President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this morning, seeking to ease tension between the United States and Israel. Diplomatic relations strained after Vice President Biden’s trip to Israel was upstaged by the announcement of new settlements in Gaza in March, and were further complicated by the Israeli military’s raid on a flotilla carrying people and aid to Gaza in May. Beyond a photo op, what did the two leaders accomplish? Has Israel insinuated a new tone toward Palestinians?
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine
Gil Artzyeli, Deputy Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles