Obama to meet Israel's Netanyahu Wednesday in New York -White House

The meeting would come a week after Israel and the United States signed a 10-year, $38 billion defense assistance pact, the largest assistance agreement that the United States has ever provided to any country in its history.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended a new $38 billion USA defence aid package against criticism Israel could have negotiated a larger sum had he not angered the White House.

The meeting will allow "an opportunity to discuss the stalwart ties between the U.S. and Israel, as recently underscored by the finalization of our new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding with Israel, the single largest pledge of military assistance in United States history", he said. "It crosses political parties and embraces the length and breadth of the United States and it finds expression in this agreement", Netanyahu said.

The meeting was agreed upon following talks between the Prime Minister's Office and the White House and was confirmed after the signing of the new US-Israel military aid package.

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The White House says the leaders will discuss advancing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran nuclear deal and other regional security issues.

With the new U.S. aid deal set to be at the center of the talks, the White House has indicated that Obama will also be placing additional emphasis on a two-state solution.

"I wish to clarify: We were never offered more", he explained. We weren't offered more money, not even a single dollar more, and we weren't offered special technologies. "Already during a telephone conversation between Obama and Netanyahu in April 2015, after the speech before Congress and after Lausanne, Obama offered to discuss not only the aid deal but also intelligence collaborations", explained the official. Uzi Arad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former national security advisor. "These are distortions and fabrications by people who have interest (in providing disinformation)".

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