Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Wednesday with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York City, an invitation the embattled Israeli leader has eagerly awaited many months since his return to power late last year. Both leaders arrived at the hotel on Fifth Avenue where the meeting took place rather than in the White House, a long-standing traditional gesture extended by American presidents to incoming Israeli leaders. Meanwhile, the two were met with a crowd of hundreds of protesters opposing the Netanyahu government’s planned judicial overhaul.
The invitation for a meeting had been delayed for an extended period due to the American leader’s concerns over far-right elements in Netanyahu’s government, as well as ongoing mass protests related to judicial reform.
Netanyahu and Biden held a public meeting in front of reporters, before asking the media and their teams to leave the room for their one-on-one meeting.