The Washington Times - May 18, 2009, 10:32AM

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sit down Monday for what is probably the most high-profile meeting of either leader’s time in office so far.

There is “lots of anticipation” for the meeting back in Israel, according to The Washington Times’ Jerusalem correspondent, Joshua Mitnick.


“Both major newspaper tabloids dedicated the entire front page to the meeting,” Mitnick wrote in an e-mail. “Even the more staid Ha’aretz called it ‘The Meeting of the Titans.’”

A lead article in Ha’aretz says that Netanyahu’s message to Obama today will be that “time is running out” in the quest to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Mitnick and I wrote in yesterday’s paper about how Washington and Jerusalem are at odds over whether the peace process and talks with Iran should go forward simultaneously, or whether Israel should be able to wait and see whether Iran is deterred before making concessions in peace talks. You can read that piece here.

As for today, Obama is meeting with Netanyahu one on one in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m., and then their top advisers will join them an hour later. A small group of reporters (the pool) will be brought around or a little after noon, for comments by both leaders, who are expected to field two questions each from reporters.

Netanyahu will then eat lunch with Obama in the Old Family Dining Room, which is just off the State Dining Room on the State Floor of the White House Executive Residence (the middle part with the columns; layout here).

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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