September 19th, 2009
05:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama to host meeting of Israeli, Palestinian leaders this week

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will host a trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Saturday.

Gibbs said the trilateral meeting would come immediately after bilateral meetings between President Obama and the two leaders.

"These meetings will continue the efforts of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Special Envoy George Mitchell to lay the groundwork for the relaunch of negotiations, and to create a positive context for those negotiations so that they can succeed," said Gibbs.

"It is another sign of the President's deep commitment to comprehensive peace that he wants to personally engage at this juncture, as we continue our efforts to encourage all sides to take responsibility for peace and to create a positive context for the resumption of negotiations," said Special Envoy Mitchell.

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  1. Georgia

    It's nice to have a President back in office that knows what the word "diplomacy" means. The Neocon's I am sure think this is soft – and we should just bomb them all. The reason the last administration didn't pursue that avenue is because there is No Oil in Israel or the Gaza Strip!

    September 19, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Isaiah C. Fletcher, Sr.

    Contrary to Israel's desires, President O'Bama earlier stated that Israel should dicontinue its development on the West Bank. Further, there was some discussion about Hamas, which is a terrorist organization, receiving U.S. financial aid. There is a question as to whether President O'Bama is an "honest broker" since he seems to lean more toward the Palestinian side than the Israelis, the opposite of previosu administrations.

    September 19, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. light up a huka

    sit around a hooka (huka?) smoke some and say, ok now quit shooting, why is my solution any better or worse than the ones tried already?

    September 19, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. CatPaw

    Blessed are the P E A C E M AK E R S

    September 19, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. fogcityguy

    I can't think of anything more important than resolving Israel-Palestenian issue. There is no good solution, so not sure if either party would ever agree to anything. But we must keep trying, no other solution. Please keep trying Mr. President, we pray for peaceful resolution some day.

    September 19, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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