Israel's Netanyahu will meet Trump and Clinton this weekend

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in New York on Sunday, officials involved in planning the meetings told NBC News.

Netanyahu, in town for the United Nations General Assembly, has had a tense relationship with President Barack Obama, and was accused of siding with Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, in the 2012 presidential campaign. This time around, Netanyahu has appeared wary of appearing to take sides.

But he has reason to press the candidates on issues critical to Israel in the final weeks of the campaign. His country has not been a major campaign subject, and neither Clinton nor Trump plan to visit Israel before Election Day.

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, left, looks on as U.S. President Barack Obama, speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Benjamin Netanyahu is looking past his fraught relationship with President Barack Obama to a more lasting concern as he visits Washington next week: rebuilding IsraelÃs standing with American Democrats. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg
US President Barack Obama(R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, November 9, 2015. Netanyahu meets Obama in a bid to set aside their frosty personal ties, turn the page on the Iran nuclear deal and talk defense in the first encounter by the two leaders since October 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 3: (AFP OUT) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) sits with U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Obama urged Netanyahu to 'seize the moment' to make peace, saying time is running out of time to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, September 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama hugs Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) prior to departing from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 22, 2013. Following a three-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, his first as president, Obama fly to Amman for talks and a private dinner with King Abdullah II, after wrapping up his trip to the Holy Land with a visit to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 22: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout photograph supplied by the Government Press Office of Israel (GPO), U.S. President Barack Obama visits the children's memorial at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum with (L-R) Israel's President Shimon Peres, Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau during a visit to Yad Vashem at Mount Herzl on March 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is Obama's first visit as president to the region and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Photo by Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks alongside Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) after placing a wreath during a ceremony at the grave of Theodor Herzl at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, on March 22, 2013, on the final day of Obama's 3-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 22: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout photograph supplied by the Government Press Office of Israel (GPO), U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu place their arms around each other during a visit to Mount Herzl on March 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is Obama's first visit as president to the region and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 21: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout image supplied by the Government Press Office of Israel (GPO) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama visit the shrine of the book on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is President Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Photo by Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama greet each other during a joint press conference at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, on March 20, 2013, on the first day of Obama's three day trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MARCH 20: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on March, 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel. This will be Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Photo by Marc Israel Sellem-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sits next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a welcome ceremony at Israels International Ben Gurion airport on March 20, 2013. Obama landed in Israel for the first time as US president, on a mission to ease past tensions with his hosts and hoping to paper over differences on handling Iran's nuclear threat. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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Clinton, the candidate Netanyahu knows best, supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a former first lady, senator and Obama's secretary of state, she has a long history of working with Israeli leaders and has said that one of the first things she'd do if she won would be to invite the Israeli prime minister to the White House.

Trump is more of a wild card. He has said he would remain "neutral" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to help the two sides negotiate a deal. But in March he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee the Palestinians "must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable." But he has also said Israel should continue building settlements in the West Bank.

Trump considered visiting Israel last year, but canceled the trip after Netanyahu criticized his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants. Trump has also been accused of failing to disassociate himself with anti-Semitic supporters.

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