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President Obama is hoping to make peace between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (l.) and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (r.), but the issue of Israeli settlements is an obstacle.
President Barack Obama will take a break from the United Nations General Assembly meeting Tuesday to host a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The president has made the renewal of peace talks between the nations one of the major goals of his presidency, despite the resistance U.S. efforts are encountering in the region.
The three-way meeting will take place immediately after Obama meets separately with each of the two leaders, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Saturday. The possibility of a three-way meeting had been in doubt until Saturday because Special Envoy George Mitchell failed to bridge wide gaps between Israelis and Palestinians.
The key disputes are over Israeli settlement expansion and whether peace talks should begin where they left off under Netanyahu's predecessors.