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Israeli PM to travel to Washington in November






Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the stage after speaking during the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem October 20, 2009.REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the stage after speaking during the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem October 20, 2009.REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool
</head> <body> <p>JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington next month for a conference of Jewish organizations and hopes to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama, an Israeli official said on Friday.</p> <p>The trip comes as the Obama administration is pressing Israel and the Palestinians to do more to help relaunch long-stalled peace talks after the latest flurry of U.S. diplomacy failed to yield any sign of a breakthrough.</p> <p>It is not certain whether the two leaders will meet, the official from Netanyahu's office said.</p> <p>Organizers of the annual general assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America said both Netanyahu and Obama would participate in the three-day event, beginning November 8.</p> <p>Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Obama this week a less-than-glowing assessment of Middle East peace efforts amid skepticism inside and outside of the region about the prospects for unblocking the peace process.</p> <p>Obama set Middle East peace as a top priority at the start of his presidency in January, in contrast to his predecessor George W. Bush, who was criticized internationally for neglecting the long-running conflict. But so far the new administration has little to show for its efforts.</p> <p>Netanyahu, whose right-leaning coalition includes pro-settler parties, has resisted Obama's calls for a total freeze on settlements in the occupied West Bank.</p> <p>Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, politically weak because he governs only in the West Bank while Hamas Islamists control the Gaza Strip, has said he will not resume direct talks until a complete settlement freeze is implemented.</p> <p>(Writing by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Myra MacDonald)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/23/israeli-pm-to-travel-to-washington-in-november/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/23/israeli-pm-to-travel-to-washington-in-november/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/23/israeli-pm-to-travel-to-washington-in-november/" data-text="Israeli PM to travel to Washington in November" data-count="horizontal">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></li> </ul><!-- end social-share-btns --> </aside> </div><!-- end article-container --> <section class="clearfix text-ad-container"><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div></section> <div id='taboola-below-main-column'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-2r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); </script> <div id='taboola-text-2-columns'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'text-links-5r', container:'taboola-text-2-columns', placement:'text-2-columns'}); </script> <script> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush:true}); </script> <section class="comment-container"> <h1 class="h2 visuallyhidden">Comments</h1> <a href="/news/articles/2009/oct/23/israeli-pm-to-travel-to-washington-in-november/#disqus_thread"></a> <div id="disqus_thread" class="section-widget"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'whtc'; var disqus_title = 'Israeli PM to travel to Washington in November'; var disqus_url = 'http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/oct/23/israeli-pm-to-travel-to-washington-in-november/'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> </section><!-- end comment-container --> </article> </div><!-- end of col-1 --> <div id="col-2"> <form class="section-search-form clearfix" method="get" action="/search/"> <fieldset class="clearfix"> <input class="section-search" type="text" rel="Search News" name="q" placeholder="Search News" /> <input class="section-search-submit" type="image" alt="Search" src="http://static.mwcradio.com/images/icons/section-search.gif" /> </fieldset> </form> <div class="ad-300x250"></div> <aside class="aside-module top-stories"> <h1>Top Stories</h1> <ul class="unstyled-list single-col-list"> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/24/holland-in-bloom-contest-winners-announced/" title="Full Article: Holland in Bloom Contest Winners Announced">Holland in Bloom Contest Winners Announced</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/24/rollover-accident-causes-minor-injuries/" title="Full Article: Rollover Accident Causes Minor Injuries">Rollover Accident Causes Minor Injuries</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/jul/24/ottawa-co-fair-continues-with-auction-motorcross/" title="Full Article: Ottawa Co. 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