Israeli President Rivlin to meet with Obama next month

Reuven Rivlin
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, attends a meeting at the President's residence in Jerusalem. A canceled bar mitzvah ceremony for boys with disabilities is highlighting a rift between Israel's Orthodox majority and its more marginal streams of Judaism. President Reuven Rivlin had agreed to hold the ceremony at his residence but later suggested a non-religious event. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will meet at the White House next month with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

The meeting is set for Dec. 9.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama looks forward to reviewing with Rivlin security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. They’ll also review regional developments, efforts to combat extremism as well as advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Rivlin has also been invited to attend the annual White House Hanukkah reception that evening.

Rivlin’s visit will follow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) meeting with Obama at the White House on Monday.

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