Monday, May 18, 2009
News Talk Online May 18, 2009: First Obama-Netanyahu Meeting
All eyes will be on Washington today as the leaders of the United States and Israel meet for the first time since each took office to discuss Middle East peace.
For the first time in recent history, there are concerns among Israelis about the U.S. commitment to the Jewish state. Especially because President Obama wants to bring all the Arab nations into the peace process. And is pushing for a two-state solution.
The second issue is, of course, nothing new. All recent administrations, Democratic and Republican, have favored a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has broken from his predecessors. He's not ready to embrace the concept of a Palestinian state. Not while the Palestinians fail to recognize the legitimacy and borders of the state of Israel.
Netanyahu might not be easily swayed by Obama's charm. Last week he traveled to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah, who has been quarterbacking Obama's yet-to-be-officially announced Middle East strategy. He walked away still entrenched in his opposition to granting the Palestinians statehood.
We'll be tackling this thorny issue head on during today's News Talk Online on Paltalk.com at 5 PM New York time. CLICK HERE to join the conversation.
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