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Israeli and Palestinian leaders to meet President Obama in Washington

Sunday, September 20, 2009

As if President Obama doesn't have enough on his agenda these days on the homefront, in the works is a meeting set on Tuesday that will be hosted at the White House between Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He doesn't have to go out and seek the worlds problems, they come to him. As former Maine Sen. George Mitchell claims, is "another sign of the president's deep commitment to comprehensive peace that he wants to personally engage at this juncture."
So why the meetings? It appears that Israel keeps approving of construction of homes in the Westbank, and Palestine believes that they should not build on their sacred land. The United States has firmly backed Israel in the past, and stands by Israel, but in this case, President Obama has publicly disagreed on Israeli plans to build more housing on land that the Palestinians regard as theirs. President Obama has demanded that the Israel stop building, but his request has been ignored by the Netanyahu government.
Unless President Obama has a magical crystal ball hiding somewhere, I highly doubt that both sides will continue talks. Abbas will not resume these talks until Israel halts all settlement building on the occupied West Bank, and in Palestinian East Jerusalem.
President Obama is calling for a partial solution, and that would be to halt production for a year. Israel however will only agree to a partial reduction of building.
Israel believes that East Jerusalem is part of its soveign capital since it took this land away from Jorndan in 1967, but Palestine wants East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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