Netanyahu: US Vice President Biden may visit Israel

FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. More than 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed during the fighting, according to U.N. and Palestinian officials, while 73 people, including six civilians, died on the Israeli side. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says staffers for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are arriving in Israel ahead of Biden’s possible visit to the country.

At a Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu cited media reports that Biden was considering visiting Israel in the coming days. He said Biden’s staff is landing in Israel Sunday, but dates for a visit have not been set.

Last month, Biden met Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland shortly after the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal. The U.S. has sought to soften Israel’s concerns on the deal through discussions about a new long-term agreement on U.S. military aid for Israel.

Biden’s last visit to Israel sparked a diplomatic spat with Washington in 2010, when Israel announced settlement construction plans during Biden’s visit.

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