September 2nd, 2010
01:43 PM ET
8 years ago

Mideast peace talks stir hope but few illusions


 President Obama and leaders from Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority spoke Wednesday at the White House. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - The latest round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians is starting off much like similar endeavors in the past, but the Obama administration hopes that this time, the outcome will be different.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hosting direct talks Thursday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

On the eve of the talks, President Obama held a working dinner with Abbas, Netanyahu, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

"I am hopeful - cautiously hopeful, but hopeful - that we can achieve the goal that all four of these leaders articulated," Obama said before the dinner.

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Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Palestinian Authority
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  1. terry,va

    Obummie is a fool. Netanyahu get ready to defend Israel. Obummie will not be on your side. Don't let that fool hood wink you. He is a closet muslim.

    September 2, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    Does anyone in the WH know what is going on in this country? Better question – does anyone care? We don't need jobs, better national security, or to fix the economy. We need peace in the middle east.

    September 2, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Mark from Louisiana

    glad to see obozo is so focused on our economy

    September 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. terry,va

    I can't believe the % of Jewish voters that support Obummie. Maybe this will change by November. If not, you deserve what you get. Just like the young voters in this country that supported him will get in the future. Big deficit and HIGHER TAXES for years to come for the "yes we can" kids.

    September 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Carmelle



    You are a world leader and NOT ONE bagger can take that away from you.

    If God is in your corner, have no fear!!! GOBAMA!!

    September 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Uncle Sam

    Obama doesn't want peace, he doesn't want talks. He is after Israel. America's best ally in the war on terror.

    September 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. jim

    Wasn't it president Obama that said he would never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons?This is the real threat to world peace.In his effort to cover up for his foreign policy failures he has taken his eyes off the main problem. He thinks by reaching any kind of agreement between Israel and the Palistians that all is well.

    September 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Shirley in California

    Hats off to you Mr. President for trying but the history of these nations is too deep and has lasted too long. While some will wish for your failure (again) to achieve anything – keep trying. It will take an act of God almighty for these people to stop fighting. NO human is capable of resolving this situation but at least you and your team are competent enough to understand it. Carry on.

    September 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I think Sec. Clinton and President Obama is handling this quite well. That being said, watch 'certain' bloggers attempt to unseat these efforts. For those interested, hit the 'full story' and then go to the soundoff chatroom. Note 'HateIsGreat' picture and comment. This is what's wrong with America. Very sad that people like this are currently being considered to hold public office.

    September 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Big George in Big D

    Gee – can't believe he's "leading the pack". He's usually subserviant, bowing to one and all foreigners! I wish he would lead this courtry out of debt!!

    September 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Me

    In the midst of our political struggles I almost forgot the existence of the word.
    When Obama won, the GOP was HOPE-less. They began to show their uglier side and I knew what they were going to do.
    The state of the union proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOP policies were detrimental to the nation. But they don't care about that.
    They just want the power of elected office and they want to win. Forget about the people and the effects of their actions...Winning is all that matters. Politics is a team sport for them.

    So their plan is to steal and crush the HOPE that so many of us were riding on, make people forget how they ruined the nation, obstruct any effort to clean up the mess they left behind and divide and scare the people.
    If you believe the polls, they may have succeeded. But I don't believe that The People have forgoten how bad they messed up this country.
    I still have HOPE
    I still believe WE CAN

    September 2, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    It is so nice to see peope of ALL COLORS trying to bring PEACE in the EAST!!! Yes We Can!

    September 2, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Brook

    I love that picture. It looks like an ad for the latest reality show debuting this fall: "The New Mission Impossible Team."

    September 2, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. LoirG

    The latest round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians is starting off much like similar endeavors in the past, but the Obama administration hopes that this time, the outcome will be different.
    Wasn't Einstein defined insanity as the above statement which is your very first paragraph? Who is kidding who?

    September 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. terry,va

    Look at your leader kids. Don't you realize that you have to pay 10-25% higher taxes than your parents. The only people that Obummie appeals to is the people that want handouts and people that would hide in closets rather than defend this country.

    September 2, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Shirley in California

    One other thing. At least our president is not stupid enough to think if he says "stop this fighting" they will stop. Remember when Reagan thought by saying "tear down this wall Mr. Gorbachev" the wall suddenly came down? Who did he think he was Joshua? These republicans are truly sick people. Please people "don't go there" in November. Vote for the democrat.

    September 2, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Gary

    Hey what happened to the economy!?!?!?!?

    These talks will come to a crashing end once Isreal bombs Iran.

    September 2, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Notice who's walking in FRONT and being FOLLOWED, you teatarded panwetters? You want to focus so much on body language...well, there's some for ya.

    Quit your sniveling and bow to ME now.

    September 2, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    To be fair, expecting success from any of this, given the history, is obviously akin to expecting the GOP to be helplful, cooperative or rational no matter what Obama or the Dems do. However, I bet what really really cheeses the GOP about this kind of thing is that there's no real way for them to sabotage it and assure failure like they have everything else for the past several years. Interfering and sabotaging here would be tantamount to real treason...not just the treason of the heart they're all guilt of.

    September 2, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. sine

    If the President pulls this off -guess what....You people will still criticize him.

    September 2, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. stormerF

    Why would Israeli give any ground in the west bank,look what happened when they gave some in Gaza they got rocket attacks.

    September 2, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Hollie Moore

    You had just interviewed Ari Flescher as an expert for the Mid-East Peace talks. He is so biased and only for the side of Israel and it showed in every comment he made. You should strive for unbiased journalism and choose an expert such as former Pres. Jimmy Carter. He is an expert in the field of Mid-East Peace talks and is fair to both sides.

    Thank you for considering my comment.


    September 2, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Rush Goebbels

    Yes they can and will get an agreement.I cant wait to see the tea bags heads implode over it,hahaha

    September 2, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    We all know that peace between Israel and their neighbors is impossible. The best we can hope for is that they stop killing each other for a time.

    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." ~ Jesus Christ

    September 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. HD 100% ETH

    ...mindless/heartless they meet every day and every week, to be against American interest. Egypt (the big hall), keep vacuming-in BILLIONS OF AMERICAN TAX PAYERS DOLLAR in their huge hall, to use it against America. Don't make mistake about it, the Money is used for to fund and train America's enemies including MUSLIM BROTHER-HOODS based in Egypt.
    In the past years, America and other Countries UNCONSCIOUSLY supplied huge quantities of WEAPONS and WEAPON MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENTS AND TRAINNING to Egypt, that are being still used against American Service Men and Women in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalian, etc. Including against American alliances.

    Remember, we/American are living under UNCONSCIOUS CIVILIZATION. Do we prefer the one who stabbing our back.

    September 2, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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