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Israel's Netanyahu willing to pay 'heavy price' for normalization with Saudi Arabia

A day after the visit of Israel's Foreign Ministry Director General Ronen Levy to Washington, Al-Monitor has learned that the Negev Forum is expected to convene in a month, in Morocco, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken participating.
Foreign Ministry Director Ronen Levi at an Iftar diner hosting foreign diplomats, Jerusalem, April 2 2023   Credit: Sivan Shahor/GPO

TEL AVIV — The visit of Israel's Foreign Ministry Director General Ronen Levy in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday and his meetings there with senior American officials do not reflect any change in the position of the White House on avoiding to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting with US President Joe Biden, say Israeli diplomatic sources.

On the other hand, with Netanyahu banning Cabinet ministers from traveling to Washington before he gets an invite, Levy has become an emissary for messages from the prime minister to Biden administration seniors.

A statement issued by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman after her meeting with Levy said that among other things, they spoke about ways to ''advance regional integration through the Negev Forum.'' 

Negev Forum in a month

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