U.S. President Barack Obama expects to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu next week in New York, but no talks are so far planned for Obama and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor, told AFP on Friday that Obama expected to meet Netanyahu amid the PA’s bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations General Assembly next week, but no time has yet been set.
Rhodes told AFP, “The goal of the meeting is to determine what is the best way to get the parties back together.”
Obama has already said the United States will veto any attempt by the PA to seek statehood recognition in the Security Council and has described the bid as a “distraction” that will not result in a viable Palestinian state.
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she saw a “growing recognition” among the “parties in the region” that it would be best for the PA to abandon their bid for UN membership.
Clinton said she did not want to set the odds of success for the U.S.-led diplomatic effort to convince the PA to drop the UN bid, but that she saw growing support.
But despite Clinton’s statements, Abbas on Friday confirmed that he will ask the United Nations Security Council next week to endorse his statehood bid.
“We are going to the United Nations to request our legitimate right, obtaining full membership for Palestine in this organization,” the PA leader said in a speech in Ramallah.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)