Obama to Meet Netanyahu, Not Abbas in New York

Sep 16, 2011 12:44pm

The White House announced that President Obama will meet one-on-one with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the sidelines next week as the United Nations considers the Palestinian request to be recognized as an official state, bypassing the stalled negotiations with Israel.

The U.S. will strongly oppose the move during the U.N. General Assembly meetings.

“We’ve been very clear don’t believe unilateral actions through the United Nations will lead to a Palestinian state,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes at the White House in announcing the Netanyahu meeting.

Rhodes insisted the only workable process is negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. “That’s the only way you’ll be able to deal with the issues of borders, and security, and the future of Jerusalem.”

President Obama has no plans to meet with the leader of the Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas and Rhodes confirms the two men have not spoken in recent months.

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