President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Rare agreement between two long-bickering leaders may actually be in the cards when Israel's premier Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama meet Monday for the first time since the signing of the Iran nuclear deal.Obama was especially irked by Netanyahu's vow during the heat of a tough re-election campaign earlier this year that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. Even when Netanyahu backtracked and insisted he was not reneging on longtime Israeli policy, the White House was unconvinced.So Obama, whose Middle East agenda has been mostly hijacked by the Syrian conflict, will still be looking for the Israeli premier to reaffirm his commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians during his U.S. visit.Still, no one expects Obama and Netanyahu, after years of acrimony, will even make much of an effort to overcome their poor personal chemistry. Some of Obama's aides believe that beyond working to firm up military packages, Netanyahu is content to wait out the final 14 months of Obama's presidency, hoping for a better reception for his hard-line approach from the next president.
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