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Naftali Bennett. Photo: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s foreign policy advisers will travel to Washington next week to begin preparations for a planned meeting between the new Israeli leader and President Biden. The meeting is expected to take place later in August, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: These will be the first face-to-face meetings between advisers to the two leaders since Bennett took office in June. All previous discussions were held over the phone or by video conference.

Driving the news: Bennett’s foreign policy adviser and point person for relations with the White House, Shimrit Meir, will arrive in Washington on Monday along with Eyal Hulata, Bennett's new national security adviser and a former official in the Mossad spy agency.

  • Israeli officials say the two are expected to meet with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Biden’s top Middle East adviser, Brett McGurk.

Between the lines: The Biden administration is making significant efforts to help stabilize the new Israeli government, which is an unwieldy coalition of parties that share little except for their opposition to former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

What’s next: The meetings are meant for introduction as well as setting a final date for the first Oval Office meeting between Biden and Bennett. Israeli officials say the meeting could take place during the second half of August.

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Oct 30, 2021 - World

Biden, European leaders urge Iran to resume talks to avoid “dangerous escalation”

From left to right, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Biden hold an E3 meeting at the G20 Summit on Oct. 30 in Rome. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden and the leaders of Germany, France and the United Kingdom met on Saturday and called on Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to return to nuclear negotiations soon in order to avoid “a dangerous escalation.”

Why it matters: The joint statement, released after the four met on the sidelines of the G20 summit, was intended to demonstrate that the United States and its European allies are united in their approach going into renewed talks with Iran.

House aims to pass infrastructure and social spending bills on Tuesday

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

House Democratic leaders are telling lawmakers they plan to pass both a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a $1.75 trillion social spending bill as early as Tuesday, two sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: It’s a very ambitious timeline, but leadership is eager to deliver a win to President Biden while he meets with world leaders in Europe.

Momentum builds to ban lawmakers from trading stocks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some progressive Democrats and MAGA Republicans are uniting on a proposal to ban sitting lawmakers from trading individual stocks, although it's unlikely that leadership will bring the bill up for a vote.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have great power to move stock prices, and great financial incentives to do so.