Maariv: Ahead of summit, Netanyahu to meet with Obama’s “rivals” — McCain, Lieberman and Specter — in Israel
Eli Bardenstein, Maariv July 4 2010 [page 6; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]
Netanyahu is scheduled to leave for Washington tomorrow, for a meeting with President Obama. Israeli sources in Washington assess that he does not intend to extend the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria beyond the date that was determined—September, and does not intend to submit maps with borders. They say that the meeting is expected to deal with launching direct talks with the Palestinians. Netanyahu will arrive in Washington with a list of all items that are banned from entering Gaza, and are defined as weapons or support materials for warfare.
Before taking off for Washington, Netanyahu will meet in Israel with three US senators, who are among Obama’s bitter rivals, and are considered strong supporters of Israel and opponents of the American pressure being applied to it. This refers to the Republican presidential candidate who ran against Obama, John McCain, as well as Senators Joe Lieberman and Arlen Specter, who took advantage of the Fourth of July vacation to visit Israel and express support for it.
Today, Netanyahu’s advisers — National Security Adviser Uzi Arad and Attorney Yitzhak Molcho — will leave for Cairo and meet with Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman, as part of the preparations for Netanyahu’s visit to Cairo after his return from Washington. Netanyahu is expected to update President Mubarak about the results of his meeting with Obama, and discuss with him the peace process and the Iranian nuclear threat.