The United States and Israel continue to work together as allies, on the Jewish state's defense, on worldwide terrorism, and on other concerns shared by the two nations. Israel Hayom's Shlomo Cesana reports that Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plan to meet next week in Europe:
Netanyahu and Kerry last met about six months ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Efforts to coordinate a meeting between them come at a time when Netanyahu is facing ongoing international pressure to agree to take part in an international conference to renew negotiations with the Palestinians.
The possible meeting, which has not been officially confirmed by either country, would also follow Israel's failed attempt to stop the French peace initiative.
Netanyahu opposes the French initiative and has been calling instead for a regional initiative with the participation of moderate Arab countries -- most likely Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.