Newly sworn in Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and other countries in the region this month to lay the groundwork for Obama’s trip. Kerry also spoke with Netanyahu and Abbas over the weekend to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the peace process.
Beyond discussing Iran and the status of peace talks, Obama and Netanyahu are expected to discuss the violence in Syria and the political tumult in Egypt, the first Arab country to have a peace treaty with Israel.
Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, described Obama’s regional agenda in Israel as ‘‘very urgent.’’
Associated Press writers Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.
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