Obama Not Intending To Introduce New Peace Plan In Israel

By @MayaErgas on
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US President Barack Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2012. Reuters

The re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama and the election of a new government in Israel might mean the beginning of a beautiful new friendship.

Or not.

Obama will not be bringing any new peace proposal, plan or program to the table when he visits Israel in March, nor is the trip meant to restart the long-stalled peace process, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

An anonymous White House source told the Haaretz newspaper of Israel that the trip is meant to “reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria.”

On Tuesday, the White House announced that Obama will make his first trip to Israel as U.S. president. He previously visited in 2008, when he was campaigning for the first time. Details of the trip haven’t been released, but it is likely Obama will also visit Jordan and Saudi Arabia and meet with Palestinian leaders.

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