Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama next week in Washington, a fresh attempt by the U.S. administration to make amends over recent diplomatic slights.
Next week's meeting with Obama promises to be more cordial than the last visit two months ago, when the prime minister was ushered into the White House through a back door. He did not dine with the president, nor meet with the press, nor did they pose for the usual photo op together.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in Israel for his son's bar mitzvah, extended the invitation during a visit with the prime minister on Wednesday.
Some analysts viewed the meeting as a deliberate attempt to humiliate Netanyahu for rejecting Obama's demands, which included extending the 10-month construction moratorium in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and issuing a building freeze in Jerusalem.