Their closed-door discussion was “honest and straightforward,” according to White House press chief Robert Gibbs, but alas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama weren’t able to fully iron out their differences during Tuesday’s tête-à-tête. –KA


Mr Gibbs told reporters on Wednesday there were still areas of “disagreement” between the sides, following the two meetings in Washington, one of which was unscheduled.

He described the three-and-a-half hours of talks as an “honest and straightforward discussion that continues” about US-Israeli relations and peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.

[…] But the BBC’s Kim Ghattas in Washington notes the Israeli leader did not get the reception usually reserved for America’s allies.

There was no press conference, no lavish welcome, and the White House did not even release a picture of the meeting.

It all signals that the US is playing tough, making clear it is upset with the Israeli government, says our correspondent.

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