Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday, his first official trip abroad since becoming prime minister for the second time in February.
In remarks to the press following the meeting, Netanyah said he is confident meaningful peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume soon, but stopped short of endorsing the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state.
Meanwhile, visiting US Congressman Robert Wexler told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that despite Netanyahu's refusal to commit to the birth of "Palestine," suggestions that he and US President Barack Obama are on a collision course are exaggerated.
"I can say unequivocally that the anxiety is not warranted," said Wexler, a liberal Democrat who is a close ally of Obama and is viewed as a staunch supporter of the Jewish state.
When Obama and Netanyahu meet in Washington next week they will "figure out how to work collaboratively" for the good of both nations, Wexler insisted.