Obama extends Passover greetings to Netanyahu

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2011 1:34 PM
Obama extends Passover greetings to Netanyahu

The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed cooperation on counterterrorism, the Middle East peace process and violence in the Gaza Strip during a telephone conversation Monday.

Obama also extended best wishes to Netanyahu before the start of Passover. The weeklong holiday begins Monday night with a traditional seder meal and marks the biblical story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt.

Obama also was hosting a seder at the White House for the third straight year.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Netanyahu expressed appreciation for U.S. funding for a military weapons system that has intercepted several rockets aimed at Israeli communities.