Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas Meeting at UN to "Kick Off" Talks

[Jerusalem Post] Herb Keinon and Hilary Leila Krieger - Tuesday's tripartite meeting in New York will serve as the "kick-off" to a renewed diplomatic process, even though negotiations with the Palestinians will not be launched at that time, senior diplomatic officials said Monday. "We have no grand expectations out of one meeting," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. The trilateral meeting will follow two separate ones between Obama and each of the two leaders. According to senior Israeli diplomatic officials, Israel and the U.S. got extremely close to an agreement on the package that would launch negotiations, but the Palestinians refused to budge on their demand for a total Israeli building freeze.

2009-09-22 08:00:00

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