Barak coming to DC with Netanyahu
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has just been added to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s trip to the United States for the upcoming AIPAC conference, an insider tells The Cable. Barak will be included in all of Netanyahu’s meetings with senior administration officials, our source confirms. His addition to the trip is sure to fuel speculation ...
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has just been added to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s trip to the United States for the upcoming AIPAC conference, an insider tells The Cable. Barak will be included in all of Netanyahu’s meetings with senior administration officials, our source confirms. His addition to the trip is sure to fuel speculation that the Netanyahu government is trying to repair ties to the Obama team by reestablishing trust that was lost last week.
Barak, who was prime minister from 1999 to 2001, was a crucial player in the Camp David Summit in 2000. He hails from the left-leaning Labor Party, which is a minority member of Netanyahu’s coalition. The recent U.S.-Israeli dispute began with an announcement of new settlements by a ministry led by the right-leaning Shas party.
Still no word whether Netanyahu (and Barak) will get face time with President Obama, but meetings with Vice President Joseph Biden are expected, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still waiting for a response to her list of demands to Netanyahu.
Barak will attend the AIPAC gala event Monday night, which Netanyahu will address. Hillary will speak Monday morning.
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