September 19th, 2009
05:53 PM ET
14 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. Mike in MN

    I wonder which group sees Obama as an friend and which sees him as the enemy these days?

    September 19, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Richard Komi

    It is clear that President Obama is ready to work with both sides of the conflict to see a lasting peace in the middle east. When the President gets it right the Republicans make no comment or acknowledge that he is doing a good job. I beleive that this President will not only bring change but change the way the world looks at the United States of Amrica. He has my vote for his re-election in 2012.

    September 19, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Hugo

    If you want to understand our President, go to and learn a truly in depth perspective of his beliefs, friends and political networks.

    September 19, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Hopefully, this Administration will get more from the Palestinian Leadership for selling out our ally Isreal than it seems to have got from Russia for selling out our allies in Eastern Europe.

    September 19, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    I hope Barry Nobama, doesn't throw our Israeli allies under the bus!

    September 19, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. GGG

    Go ahead Obama apologize for the United States...I am appaulled at the risk you have put us at...How do you sleep at night???

    September 19, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    Doesn't it just awe you to see God's word alive...words written 2000 years ago...amazing isn't it. This meeting IS prothetic.

    September 19, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Jack Swainwright

    So typical of the egregiously misplaced moral presumption of these yahoos: "The Values Voters".

    What about the great majority of Americans whose chief, driving values aren't (1) willful ignorance ("dumb and proud of it"); (2) fear, and (3) hatred?

    September 19, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Deuce

    The Terrorist wants to meet his counterpart: The Palestinions...

    September 19, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Denna

    A man of peace. President Obama is a man of peace, yet the Tea Party nuts keep causing problems. God Bless you President Obama. We who want peace and good for America are behind you. We are the real Americans.

    September 19, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Thank God we have a president that believes in peace instead of war, truth instead of lies, diplomacy instead of six gun bullying.

    September 19, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. pc

    President Obama, please study Bible history when you are dealing with Israel and do not divide their land. The reason the United States is as successful as we are is because we stand with Israel. What happens to Israel happens to the United States. If you try to divide their land, God will divide the United States. We don't want another disaster like 911 but it is iminent if you are careless with your dealings with Israel. Israel is God's chosen land, this has not changed and never will change. Please pray for direction when dealing with Israel. This is not a fantasy, it is a fact! God bless you, President Obama.

    September 19, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    It is VERY IMPORTANT that Obama NOT BE BLACKMAILED by the Isreali lobby, that milks everything for all its worth, to have the USA turn a blind eye to its treachery in the Middle East. All settlements, for one thing, are illegal and MUST GO.

    This comes from one who is NOT Muslim, NOT Arab, NOT Palestinian, NOT Israeli, NOT a US citizen, has no vested interest in the Middle-East, except JUSTICE!

    September 19, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    It is VERY IMPORTANT that Obama NOT BE BLACKMAILED by the Isreali lobby, that milks everything for all its worth, to have the USA turn a blind eye to its treachery in the Middle East. All settlements, for one thing, are illegal and MUST GO.

    This comes from one who is NOT Muslim, NOT Arab, NOT Palestinian, NOT Israeli, NOT a US citizen, has no vested interest in the Middle-East, except JUSTICE!

    September 19, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Bravo

    Obama has awesomeness...

    September 19, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. JP

    If peace has any chance of occuring we must stop illegal settlements on stolen land paid for by money borrowed from China that my kids will have to pay back.

    September 19, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. MatthewDetroit

    Nice how our barack is going to try to force israel to give into a bunch of terrorist.

    Your values are all screwed up barack.
    You are a socialist and should not be president.

    September 19, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Robin Morris

    I wonder who Sarah got to bid, did she use her own money,

    I would have t be paid to eat with Palins, I do not like moose meat.

    September 19, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Truth time

    Israel was a gift, from France the US and Britain.

    It was given to a group of Zealots in a critical time of pain and sorrow.

    It has since been managed by the blood of more than 6 million dead men women and babie, it has turned Palestine into a ghetto,

    Be that as it may.

    The situation has long been out of control, Israeli leadership has ignored the principals of what is right and what is compassionte in the face of its greatest fears.

    Give the land back. Come home to America.

    Israel and North Korea, Two nuclear renegades and the last two American failures since the end of WWII.

    The land is not yours, everybody knows it, including all the Gods, it is time now to shine through and make it right.

    the truth shall still set you free........Israelis are enslaved by their thefts and always will be.

    September 19, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Samuel

    How can we bring peace between Israel and Palestine? We need to be unbiased when we want to broker peace. we support Israel unanimously. If any elected official didn't support Israel, they will be thrown out the next election season.

    September 19, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Steve

    Stand strong against the Palestinian/Obama alliance! They are not to be trusted. Obama is void of truth.

    September 19, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. bri6

    Yea, that whole problem is ended now that we occupy more muslim land than Israel. Break out a mission accomplished sign and call it a day. Maybe Obama can negotiate the mass suicide of all Israel and we'll have peace from the Palestinians at last. Start with trying to suggest a separation of church and state if no, let them die and kill for God. nuff said.

    September 19, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. MatthewDetroit

    You Barack People Need TO WAKE UP.

    The socialists goal is to bankrupt the country...
    take over everything and make everyone dependent on the goverment...
    They are following the Chavez, Castro, Putin, Playbook... to a T...
    Wake up.
    He is building unions and taking over health care..
    This is NOT what the founding fathers fought for or the life and liberty they sacrificed..

    September 19, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. FL for Change

    Thank you, Mr. President, for continuing to work for peace in the Middle East. At least we're not unnecessarily invading another country who might or might not have WMDs...and kill thousands of our men and women to help our oil friends pad their wallets...

    September 19, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Tony In Largo, Fl

    I wish President Obama could be successful, but I don't have much hope for a peaceful settlement in the Middle East yet. The Islamic extremist in Gaza and the West Bank do not understand the words compromise, or peace. Change for them will have to come from within. That change will come when the peace loving Muslims in their midst, say, "enough is enough".

    Not surprisingly, in their world, those Islamic Extremist are their right wing "Conservatives"!!!

    September 19, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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