Is this Netanyahu’s last hurrah in Washington?

The White House has said it wants to avoid the appearance of influencing the Israeli elections, set to take place two weeks after Binyamin Netanyuahu’s visit. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The White House has said it wants to avoid the appearance of influencing the Israeli elections, set to take place two weeks after Binyamin Netanyuahu’s visit. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The aim of the prime minister’s controversial trip to Washington is to ensure that next time in town, he’ll be a White House guest, not a private citizen.

This could be Benjamin Netanyahu’s last official visit abroad as prime minister. For the many who are scandalized by the way Israel’s leader is making a speech today in Washington, against the express wishes of the Obama administration and just two weeks before the elections, this is a comforting thought. No more Sara and Bibi abroad with their massive entourage.

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