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Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during trip to Washington

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March.

Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says that in keeping with “long-standing practice and principle,” the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections. Israel is scheduled to hold elections in mid-March.

Netanyahu will be in Washington in part for a March 3 address to a joint session of Congress. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the Obama administration.

ASSOCIATED PRESS