The First Draft: Obama and Netanyahu
Back from South Bend, Indiana, President Obama meets today at 10:30 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The new/old Israeli leader wants to talk about Iran’s nuclear ambitions — his government has not ruled out military action, while Obama wants to emphasize diplomacy.
Netanyahu hopes the emphasis on Iran will mean that Obama will have less of an opportunity to press him on other issues, like Palestinian statehood and expanded Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.
If the meeting turns confrontational, it could mean a rocky start for the two leaders, and a more complicated chapter in U.S.-Israeli relations.
On Capitol Hill, the House Energy and Commerce Committee takes up sweeping climate-change legislation that would give polluting industries most of the emission permits they need.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at the National Press Club at 11:30, and U.S. Trade Representatvive Ron Kirk talks trade at the Chamber of Commerce at noon.
photo: REUTERS/Jason Reed (Obama takes part in the blessing of students during the commencement ceremonies at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, May 17)