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Netanyahu expecting to meet Trump two weeks before Israeli elections: report

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump could meet shortly before Israel’s April election, Israel Hayom reported Wednesday.

Netanyahu will be traveling to Washington in March for the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual conference. The premier traditionally delivers a speech at the conference held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

“The prime minister regularly speaks at the annual AIPAC conference and the plan is that he will travel to Washington this year too, despite the proximity to the elections,” a source close to Netanyahu told Israel Hayom.

The report noted that sources close to the prime minister revealed the meeting was not yet official. A White House source told the Israeli daily they “had nothing to announce at the moment.”

The annual conference is slated to take place between March 24 and 26, just two weeks prior to the Israeli election in which Netanyahu will once again run to maintain power.

During Israel’s last parliamentary elections, Netanyahu raised controversy by delivering a speech in the US just two weeks before the polls.

In the US, critics slammed Republicans for attempting to interfere in the foreign elections by inviting Netanyahu to deliver a speech to Congress so soon before the elections.

The last meeting between the two leaders took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in December 2018.

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