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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama on Thursday reiterated U.S. calls for Israel to halt West Bank settlement activity, telling Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that both sides in the Middle East conflict must fulfill their obligations to create a better atmosphere for the peace process.
"I am confident that we can take this process forward if all the parties are willing to ... meet all the obligations that they have committed to," Obama said after meeting with Abbas at the White House. In particular, Obama called for Israel to halt settlement activity and for the Palestinian
The meeting with Abbas came days before Obama is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh and deliver a long-awaited speech on relations between the United States and the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt
Last week, Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pressed the Israeli leader to halt West Bank settlement activity to create a better atmosphere for peace talks.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Good evening, friend.
I wonder if perhaps this is a "good cop, bad cop" routine. It is awfully suspicious that Obama calls for this, right after meeting with Netanyahu . I'm sure this was discussed, and it very well could be that Bibi gave Obama the go-ahead to make the call, knowing full well that Obama KNOWS that Israel will reject it. This makes the US look like the "good guy", and may ease some of the pressure on the US from the Arab states. This sort of thing goes on between the US and Israel all the time.
Originally posted by Lazyninja
Basically the only thing which is going to elevate any of this above bland rhetoric is threats. Diplomatic, economic or military threats. We won't see any of those however.