September 2nd, 2010
01:43 PM ET
10 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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  1. Enough is Enough

    I wonder if the recently killed settlers were killed by the people who actually owned the land they were trespassing on.

    September 2, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Dean

    This is going to be almost as successful as the summer of recovery. Oh well, it will give Obama a reason for another vacation.

    September 2, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. diridi

    Pres. Obama, instead of engaging all these crooks, why do not you concentrate on Manufacturing sector....which is outsourced...and R&D outsourced..Only nation is rescued with this...not just service sector...and we need to put Agriculture first...look, milk is costing 3;19 cents...shame America. Bring inflation down...we need not worry about Israel...they are as crooks as Saudis...and Southeast Asians...ok, worry about America and economy, and energy, and immigration...God bless.....take it as personal letter...if i mail, these middle guys will not give it to you....
    Ford, GM needs fuel efficient cars, and to price match with competitors, and match warranty to escape this turmoil....fiscally...

    September 2, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Living in America

    Oh my God he is conducting peace talks why isn't he at the oil spill in the Gulf. Another oil soaked pelican. Impeach him.

    September 2, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. mar

    I am under no illusion either but if someone can improve the situation slightly, it is president Obama.
    President Obama, we are very proud of you.

    September 2, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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