The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama will raise concerns about Israeli settlements on Arab lands when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
White House: Obama to raise concerns about settlements with Netanyahu
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STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama will raise concerns about Israeli settlement activity in Arab lands during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Wednesday, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said on Tuesday (September 20).
Rhodes told reporters that the United States has discussed its concerns about Israeli settlements and “the potential viability of a Palestinian state in the face of that settlement activity … I’m sure President Obama will do so tomorrow as well.”
Obama’s efforts to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement have failed over the nearly eight years he has been in the White House, with the latest push by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry collapsing in 2014.
U.S. officials have held out the possibility Obama could lay out the rough outlines of a deal – “parameters” in diplomatic parlance – after the November, 8 presidential election and before he leaves office in January, but many analysts doubt this would have much effect.