President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for about two hours Tuesday evening amid a dispute over Israel's decision to build new Jewish housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem, White House officials said.
The Obama administration has pushed to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and has called on Israel to stop building settlements on territory it captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
Netanyahu's meeting at the White House came the day after he defended his government's plans to build new housing units in East Jerusalem, a move that has strained ties with Israel's largest ally.
Netanyahu got to the White House at 5:30 p.m., and he conferred with Obama for nearly 90 minutes in the Oval Office, from 5:34 to 7:03 p.m. A White House official said the president then went to his residence and Netanyahu remained at the White House to consult with his staff in the Roosevelt Room.
Netanyahu requested another meeting with Obama, who returned to the Oval Office to meet with Netanyahu from 8:20 p.m. to 8:55 p.m., said the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the meeting. Netanyahu left the White House at 9:05 p.m. without speaking to reporters at a stakeout.
- CNN's Ed Henry, Charley Keyes and Alison Harding contributed to this report.