President Obama brought together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today for the first time since the Israeli leader took office in March. Obama, speaking before the highly anticipated meeting, urged both leaders to do more to make Mideast peace talks a reality.
The meeting comes despite the Palestinians' demand that no meeting would take place unless Israel froze all construction in the West Bank.
Expectations for the meeting have been very low.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday: "Look, we're looking to continue to build on progress. I think part of that progress is getting the three parties, including the United States, together. And we have no grand expectations out of one meeting except to continue, as the President talked about from his very first day in office, continue the hard work, day-to-day diplomacy that has to be done to seek a lasting peace."
Israeli officials also said that the three-party session would be nothing more than a photo opportunity, and warned against an expectation of renewed peace talks.
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