Apparently our Negotiator-in-Chief has an “urgent” peacemaking agenda planned for his visit to Israel that includes a meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas. So I wonder who gets berated more in this meeting…Abbas or Netanyahu? No, I don’t really wonder – those evil settlements in Jerusalem mean Netanyahu definitely gets berated a lot more.
TIMES OF ISRAEL – US President Barack Obama wants to host a summit between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit here this spring, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Wednesday.
Ayalon said he was “certain” that efforts to arrange such a meeting were already under way.
Interviewed on Army Radio, Ayalon said that Obama plainly would not be visiting Israel unless it was already clear that the visit would mark some kind of substantive agreement. A three-way Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas meeting would presumably mark a resumption of peace negotiations.
A day after Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories was announced, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Abbas, said Wednesday that the PA welcomes the visit, which Abbas hopes will result in the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Earlier Wednesday, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro confirmed that Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts would be high on the agenda for the president’s trip, but that Obama “will not set forth any specific demands on his upcoming visit.”
The president and Netanyahu have “urgent” and “complex” issues to discuss, the ambassador told Army Radio, mentioning “our efforts to prevent Iran achieving a nuclear weapon,” to “prevent Syrian chemical weapons falling into dangerous hands” and to “bring Israel and the Palestinians to the negotiating table.” That’s why Obama would be coming so soon after the US and Israeli elections, he said. “It’s best to start as soon as possible.”
About The Right Scoop
Blogger extraordinaire since 2009 and the owner and Chief Blogging Officer of the most wonderful and super fantastic blog in the known and unknown universe: The Right Scoop