Obama visit could see three or four-way summit

abbas obama netanyahuPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama could hold a three-way summit during the US president’s upcoming visit, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Saturday.

“During the visit of President Obama, a three-way summit could take place or even four-way with King Abdullah II of Jordan,” Danny Ayalon said, quoted by Israeli army radio.

“I think preparations are already underway for a summit meeting between Obama, Netanyahu, Abu Mazen (Abbas) and perhaps Jordan’s King Abdullah, who the Americans want to boost,” Ayalon said, without giving details.

Peace activists, meanwhile, have launched a Facebook page to press for Obama to give a speech at Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Square, named after Israel’s former premier at the site where he was gunned down in 1995 by a Jewish extremist.

The initiative was taken “to show the American president that the Israeli people want peace and that a public speech could give hope and energy to those struggling for it,” Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer told the radio.

Obama is to visit Israel for the first time as president as soon as next month on a trip that also includes stops in the Palestinian territories and Jordan. A date has yet to be announced.

France 24

  • 5thDrawer

    Is Abbas going to want the displaced Palestinians to go back into Jordan?
    There’s a pile of Syrian refugees there now.

  • 5thDrawer

    Is Abbas going to want the displaced Palestinians to go back into Jordan?
    There’s a pile of Syrian refugees there now.

  • alisar smith

    Palastinain refugees rights of return to their homeland.

    • 5thDrawer

      If you were born in Lebanon, however … what exactly is ‘home’?
      I can feel ‘at home’ on many beaches …..

      • williamgel

        In a global community, that’s probably the best trait to have.

    • williamgel

      What exactly is their homeland? It’s certainly not PA territories and Israel. Going back just 2 decades before the war there is a huge increase in Arab population there indicating a massive economic immigration which matches British census accounts. Their homes are in North Africa, parts of the Central Asia, and Arab Middle East. They were caught in a war by Arab leaders against Israel and were stuck after the Israeli victory when Arab nations refused their repatriation. Arab leaders admitted their role in this debacle in the 1950s but its never mentioned anymore. Jordan did the same thing between 1949 and 1967 when they illegally annexed the West Bank and part of Jerusalem and flooded it with Arab immigrants but never took them back when they conceded defeat.

      Now, i don’t think that mass population movement is the answer but starting with the factual historical narrative is helpful to any positive solution. Part of this is ending the discriminatory definition of “refugee” which affords “Palestinians” generational rights which no other population enjoys. Truth is, where ever they were born, that’s their homeland. A citizenship policy used by a majority of Nations.

  • alisar smith

    Palastinain refugees rights of return to their homeland.

    • 5thDrawer

      If you were born in Lebanon, however … what exactly is ‘home’?
      I can feel ‘at home’ on many beaches …..

      • williamgel

        In a global community, that’s probably the best trait to have.

    • williamgel

      What exactly is their homeland? It’s certainly not PA territories and Israel. Going back just 2 decades before the war there is a huge increase in Arab population there indicating a massive economic immigration which matches British census accounts. Their homes are in North Africa, parts of the Central Asia, and Arab Middle East. They were caught in a war by Arab leaders against Israel and were stuck after the Israeli victory when Arab nations refused their repatriation. Arab leaders admitted their role in this debacle in the 1950s but its never mentioned anymore. Jordan did the same thing between 1949 and 1967 when they illegally annexed the West Bank and part of Jerusalem and flooded it with Arab immigrants but never took them back when they conceded defeat.

      Now, i don’t think that mass population movement is the answer but starting with the factual historical narrative is helpful to any positive solution. Part of this is ending the discriminatory definition of “refugee” which affords “Palestinians” generational rights which no other population enjoys. Truth is, where ever they were born, that’s their homeland. A citizenship policy used by a majority of Nations.