Obama And Netanyahu To Hold Fence-Mending Talks

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet later to show they have turned the page on an unusually rocky period in relations between Washington and its close ally. Visiting the White House for fence-mending talks, Netanyahu will get a warmer welcome than he did in March when Obama kept him at arms' length in what was widely perceived as a snub over Israeli settlement policy. Expectations for a major breakthrough are low, but the meeting, postponed a month ago after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, could be a test of whether Obama can overcome recent tensions with Netanyahu and work together to restart long-suspended direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama is not likely to risk another diplomatic clash with Netanyahu with pivotal US congressional elections looming in November and pro-Israel sentiment strong among American lawmakers and voters.