Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chief critic of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, will visit the White House in November, administration officials said Friday.
The meeting will be the first face-to-face encounter between the two leaders since the U.S. and its international partners struck a controversial deal with Iran, limiting that country’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from some economic sanctions. Mr. Netanyahu has cast the deal as a historic mistake that threatens the security of Israel — claims the White House has vehemently rejected.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters an exact date for the meeting hasn’t been determined yet, but he expects the Israeli leader to visit Washington sometime in early November. He also said the differences between the U.S. and Israel over the Iran deal have not and will not impact the broader bilateral relationship.
“The bond between Israel when it comes to our security relationship is unshakeable,” Mr. Earnest said.