Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, heads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)
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The rocky relationship between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a fresh hit Tuesday over a declined White House invitation as Vice President Joe Biden arrived for talks.Talks are expected to include discussions on the 10-year defense aid package for Israel, currently worth some $3.1 billion annually in addition to spending on projects such as missile defence, illustrating the importance of Israel's relationship with the United States.Biden and Netanyahu also plan to talk about the fight against ISIS. The United States has traditionally vetoed resolutions at the U.N. Security Council opposed by Israel.His comments came as President Bashar Assad's government and its opponents are to resume U.N.-sponsored peace talks in the coming days in Geneva while a fragile ceasefire holds in Syria.After his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Biden will travel to Jordan.
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