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Published on 5 March 2018

#Israel #Aipac - Netanyahu Visits U.S. for Trump, AIPAC: Follow Haaretz's Live Updates and Analyses

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday for a five-day visit to the United States, during which he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump before addressing the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The annual confab kicked off on Sunday and will last for three days until Tuesday. Among the highlighted topics that will be discussed this year are plans to counter the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement (BDS), the threat to Israel from Iran and U.S. security assistance to the Jewish state.

12:45 - Settler leader blasts AIPAC for its support of two-state solution  

Yossi Dagan, one of the leaders of Israel's settler movement, criticized the pro-Israel Jewish lobby AIPAC for its support of a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

The letter by Dagan, who heads the Samaria Regional Council, comes hours after AIPAC's Executive Director Howard Kohr expressed support for "two states for two people, one Jewish with secure and defensible borders, and one Palestinian, with its own flag and its own future."

"I am astounded as to why such a great, meaningful organization as AIPAC, whose raison d'etre is pro-Israel advocacy in the United States, would present the positions of the State of Israel (and of the U.S.) so inaccurately before senior government officials, senators and congressmen, and the general pro-Israel public," Dagan wrote in the letter. 


09:17 - Netanyahu and Trump to meet later today  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday for what will be their fifth meeting in the last year.

The two leaders are expected to speak to members of the media before their meeting in the White House.

Netanyahu and Trump are expected to discuss the U.S. ultimatum to the European powers on the Iran nuclear deal.

The prime minister will thank Trump for his decision to accelerate the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and invite the president to attend the opening of the new embassy.

U.S. officials are expected to bring up with Netanyahu the “peace deal” that the Trump administration still hopes to put forth.

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