Biden and Netanyahu to Meet at UNGA Sidelines, Discuss Saudi Normalization

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have arranged a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York during which a potential Israel-Saudi normalization deal and Iran are among the hottest topics for discussion.

This is the first face-to-face talks between Biden and Netanyahu after the latter took power in December and is being held in the UN instead of the White House – Netanyahu’s preferred venue.

Talks are that Biden’s concerns about the judicial overhaul that curbs the power of Israeli judges undertaken by Netanyahu’s right-wing government as well as the expansion of Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank have prevented him from extending an invitation Israeli PM.

Since the meeting is now arranged, US officials expect that the judicial overhaul will at least come up in their conversations along with the efforts to counter Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of a normalization of Israel-Saudi relations, which would be a major development.

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