Netanyahu: U.S. Vice President Biden may visit Israel

Associated Press

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says staffers for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are arriving in Israel ahead of a possible Biden visit.

At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu cited reports Biden was considering visiting Israel soon. He said Biden’s staff is landing in Israel Sunday, but there were no dates yet for a visit.

Last month, Biden met Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland shortly after the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal. The U.S. has sought to soften Israel’s concerns on the deal through discussions about a new long-term agreement on U.S. military aid for Israel.

Biden’s last visit to Israel sparked a diplomatic spat with Washington in 2010, when Israel announced settlement construction plans during Biden’s visit.

The White House had no comment.