Obama, Keen to Revive Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Will Meet With Netanyahu

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet at the White ...


JERUSALEM — President Obama will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuof Israel in New York this week as the White House considers laying out its proposed framework for Middle East peace over the objections of the Israeli leader.

The two leaders, who have been at odds for years over the Iran nuclear agreementand other issues, will sit down on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session on Wednesday for what could be their final get-together before Mr. Obama’s term ends in January.

The meeting will come a week after the two nations sealed a $38 billion, 10-year American security aid package to Israel, the largest ever granted to an ally. The two sides hailed the agreement as proof that the tense relationship between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu did not detract from the enduring ties between their two nations.

But Mr. Obama made clear on Sunday that now that he has demonstrated a commitment to Israel’s security, he plans to press Mr. Netanyahu to move toward reconciliation with the Palestinians.

“The meeting also will be an opportunity to discuss the need for genuine advancement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said in a statement.

Left unclear was whether Mr. Obama would go beyond simply urging Mr. Netanyahu. The president is considering whether to publicly lay out his parameters for a settlement of the long-running conflict, a prospect Mr. Netanyahu has strongly opposed.

Many eyes will be on Mr. Obama during his speech to the General Assembly, but if he does decide to lay out his peace plan, he might wait until after the November election to avoid having it become caught up in campaign politics. If he proceeds, he could give a speech outlining his ideas or even encapsulate them in a resolution before the United Nations Security Council.

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