06/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Netanyahu Meeting: World Watches For U.S. Shift On Mideast

Five weeks ago, President Obama stood before the Turkish legislature in Ankara and said many Americans had Muslims in their families or had lived in a Muslim-majority country. "I know," he said, "because I am one of them."

But will that exposure lead Mr. Obama to take a different tack from his predecessors in his dealings with Israel?

That question, which has captivated a wide spectrum of people, from America's Israel lobby to Palestinian-Americans to the Muslim world, will take center stage on Monday, when Israel's hawkish prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has his first face-to-face meeting with Mr. Obama since he became president.