Obama, Netanyahu to meet at White House


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

“The president looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Netanyahu the progress on final status negotiations with the Palestinians, as well as developments in Iran, Syria, and elsewhere in the region,” a White House official said, confirming that Obama and Netanyahu will meet on Sept. 30.

Earlier, Netanyahu’s office had confirmed that the leaders also will meet in New York during the U.N. General Assembly.

The United States recently negotiated a deal with Russia to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons capability. Talks between the Israelis and Palestinians relaunched this summer largely through the efforts of the Obama administration led by Secretary of State John Kerry.

On Tuesday, Martin Indyk, the chief U.S. negotiator in the talks, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank. Abbas reportedly called for stronger and more direct U.S. intervention in the process.

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