Netanyahu Said to Be Open to Meeting Trump, Clinton on U.S. Trip

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the Mt. Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem on Oct. 26, 2015.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would meet either of the two presidential candidates if they were to ask, a senior Israeli official in New York said on condition of anonymity. * Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton has asked to meet with Netanyahu: official * Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama Wednesday in New York and thanked him for a $38 billion defense aid package agreed upon last week * Israeli leader scheduled to address UN General Assembly on Thursday * NOTE: Netanyahu until now has avoided meeting with Trump and Clinton to avoid accusations made in the 2012 election that he was interfering in U.S. politics: official * NOTE: Earlier this week, Clinton and Trump met separately with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi