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Bennett mulls visiting DC on a weekend to avoid missing Knesset votes

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is considering planning his potential upcoming trip to the United States over a weekend in an effort to avoid missing crucial Knesset votes back at home, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter told The Times of Israel on Wednesday.

Following then-president Reuven Rivlin’s visit to the White House two weeks ago, US President Joe Biden extended an invitation to Bennett to travel to the White House “as early as possible.” Over the past two weeks, the offices of the two leaders have been trying to coordinate a suitable date for Bennett’s first official visit since he took office.

Bennett will make the trip around mid-August, Channel 12 News reported on Wednesday. Topping the agenda for talks with Biden will be developments in Iran and the recent election of a new president in that country, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, the Israeli television report said.

Bennett’s office is weighing holding such a trip between a Thursday and a Monday in order to avoid letting the opposition, led by former premier Benjamin Netanyahu, take advantage of his absence to vote down government-proposed legislation or pass its own motions, the source........

© The Times of Israel

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