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Netanyahu, Obama look to move past personal tensions


Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama will meet Monday to put aside their rocky personal relationship and move past the Iran nuclear deal with multi-billion-dollar talks on defense.

The two have not met since October 2014, and deep disagreement over the July accord between Iran and major world powers provoked bitter exchanges between the traditional allies both before and after it was reached.

Netanyahu has also faced pressure, including from the United States, to renew peace efforts after a wave of terrorism that began in October raised fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

Obama and Netanyahu are known to have testy personal ties, not least because of the right-wing Israeli premier’s courting of Republicans – the US president’s opponents – including in a speech to Congress


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