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Israel’s coalition chaos won’t impact Biden visit

Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban tried to prepare Biden for his first visit to Israel as president, saying Netanyahu's return as prime minister could be problematic.
US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, Aug. 27, 2021.

“Mr. President, by the time you get there, Israel may have a different prime minister,” Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban told US President Joe Biden in a June 10 conversation. “I am going to visit Israel, not to visit Israel’s prime minister,” was the president’s immediate retort. “I will accept and work with anyone elected to that post. This is a visit to the Middle East, and it won’t get postponed.”

Saban, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, met with Biden at his Los Angeles home where he hosted a fundraiser for the president. Following the almost hourlong meeting, also attended by presidential aide Steve Ricchetti, Biden went to greet the guests who had paid between $1,000 to $36,000 to meet him and hear him speak.

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