This file photo taken on November 9, 2015 shows US President Barack Obama(R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / SAUL LOEB
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Frustrated after years of fraught diplomacy, President Barack Obama will seek Wednesday to cast the U.S. partnership with Israel as on solid footing, even as he openly weighs using the final stretch of his presidency to ramp up pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to finally make peace with the Palestinians.Obama's meeting Wednesday with Netanyahu will likely be his last before leaving office, the White House said. Ties between the two leaders never fully recovered after Netanyahu showed up on Capitol Hill to lobby Congress against Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. The Obama administration, meanwhile, has been dismayed by periodic comments by the Israeli leader suggesting he's less-than-serious about the two-state solution that has been the basis of all serious peace efforts for decades.The White House is hoping the unprecedented aid will curb the perception among Israel's supporters that Obama has been insufficiently supportive of the Jewish state.
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