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Obama invites Netanyahu and Abbas to White House

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House for separate meetings, White House officials said Wednesday.

The meetings with Obama will be the first for the Middle Eastern leaders since the start of indirect peace talks which began last month, with Obama's special envoy George Mitchell mediating between the parties.

But Israeli commentators portrayed the surprise invitation to Netanyahu as an attempt by Obama to counter U.S. criticism of what was widely seen as his cold shoulder toward the Israeli leader after a public dispute over Jewish settlements.

Obama has put both Israel and the Palestinians on notice they will be held accountable if either side takes actions to undermine the so-called "proximity talks" Mitchell is mediating.

Obama will use his meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas to give a boost to the proximity talks. "Both meetings are designed to help move that process forward," said a White House spokesman in Washington, Tommy Vietor.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel delivered the invitation in person to Netanyahu in Jerusalem Wednesday, while on a family visit to Israel.

Obama will host Netanyahu Tuesday after the Israeli leader completes a visit to France where he will attend a ceremony welcoming Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and to Canada.

"(President Obama) has asked me to extend an invitation to you to come visit with him at the White House for a working meeting to discuss both our shared security interests as well as our close cooperation on seeking peace between Israel and its neighbors," Emanuel told Netanyahu.

In mentioning shared security interests while announcing Netanyahu's visit, Emanuel appeared to be referring to the U.S. and Israel's shared desire to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

In Washington, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor announced Abbas's visit, which had been widely expected, but said no firm date had yet been set.

"The president looks forward to a visit from President Abbas in the near future. We're just working out timing," Vietor said.

Abbas aides were not immediately available for comment but the Palestinian leader told France 24 television this week he had been invited to the United States and thought the meeting would probably be in June.

full story: http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20100503/POLITICS-US-PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL-USA/

by on May. 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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by Gold Member on May. 27, 2010 at 12:24 AM

 I wonder which one will pull the strings on the Abbas puppet.

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