The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu refused to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in mid-March, reports Reuters, citing the White house.
“The government of Israel requested a meeting of President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on March 17 or 18. Two weeks ago we invited the Prime Minister on March 18. We were hoping for a bilateral meeting and were surprised to learn from media reports that the Prime Minister instead of to accept our invitation, decided to cancel the visit”, – said the official representative of the national security Council at the White house, Ned Price, quoted by RIA “Novosti”.
“The reports that we are unable to meet the schedule of the Prime Minister are not true,” said Price.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the White house is working to plan the revival of the interrupted negotiations between the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian authority. Apparently, this explains the invitation of Netanyahu by Obama.
The U.S. administration hopes to resume the negotiation process before Barack Obama leaves the presidency, quoted by NEWSru Israel article in the WSJ. The authors of the article citing high-ranking sources in the US administration argue that the UN Security Council may adopt a resolution that “will outline the steps for reaching an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians”.
WSJ writes about one of the scenarios of the solution, whereby the US will insist that Israel “stop the construction of settlements in Palestinian territories and has recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state”. Furthermore, Washington can once again call upon the Palestinian authority to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to renounce their claims on the right of the Palestinian refugees to return.
However, if these proposals are adopted, the U.S. was willing to promote the initiative on the establishment of permanent borders “between Israel and Palestine” based on the armistice line of 1949, taking into account the settlement blocs built since 1967, writes WSJ.
Tuesday, March 8, begins the visit by Vice U.S. President Joe Biden to Israel and the Palestinian authority. In the framework of the visit of Biden’s meeting with Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas.