(CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 20 in Washington, the White House said.
"The leaders look forward to discussing the full range of issues of mutual interest to the United States and Israel," the White House said in a statement Wednesday.
It was unclear whether the leaders would talk about settlements, which have caused discord in the past.
In April, the issue came up as Obama met with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the White House.
As the leaders were about to meet, a Jerusalem municipality planning committee approved a plan to build 942 housing units in Gilo, a disputed neighborhood in Jerusalem.
America: the defender of Israel. We seriously need to lose that title. But that will never happen. Especially since it's foretold on the back of our dollar bill.
Someone needs to explain to Netanyahu that the "turn a blind eye" policy that was followed under George W. Bush has come to an end. Bush changed U.S. policy in a subtle and dangerous way by allowing Israel to free reign expand settlements.
Prior to Bush, whenever the issue of settlements would grab head lines from time to time. the U.S. would defuse tensions by stepping in and asking Israel to put a halt on settlements, and they would comply. This has been the case with each and every U.S. president since the 1967 War. Nixon, Ford, Carter,. Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton. They demonstrated a willingness to restrain Israel.
George W. Bush turned a blind eye by announcing that there was nothing the U.S. could do to tell a soveriegn nation how conducts its' domestic policies. This change in policy has been a major obstacle towards Middle East Peace and Netanyahu knows it. The U.S. policy regarding new settlements needs to return to what it was prior to George W. Bush.
I have always felt that World War 2 did not truly end until the U.N. resolution recognizing the state of Israel. For decades, that vote marked the one and only time that two permament members of the Security Council voted the same way: U.S. and U.S.S.R. It ws not until after the break up of the Soviet Union did the United States and Russia vote the same way on an issue.
It is time for the President to tell israel that they must stop the killing of innocent people. Stop stalling and make a lasting peace or they will loose our 5 BILLION dollar annual aid.