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White House Seeks to Publicly Mend Fences With Netanyahu, but Issues Remain

White House Seeks to Publicly Mend Fences With Netanyahu, but Issues Remain

WASHINGTON — As President Obama sat with Jewish leaders at the White House last week, trying to reassure them of his deep commitment to Israel, some wanted to know whether he would soon invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an in-person visit.

Not yet, Mr. Obama responded.

He told the group that a face-to-face meeting at the White House would probably end with Mr. Netanyahu publicly venting his complaints about the president’s policies, particularly his efforts to forge a nuclear agreement with Iran, according to people familiar with the private meeting who would provide details about it only on the condition of anonymity.

So for now, the president said, he would speak with the prime minister over the telephone, and an Oval Office invitation would wait until after the June 30 deadline for negotiating the details of the Iran deal.

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