Netanyahu to meet with Obama in March

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US President Barack Obama in his trip to the United States next month.

Netanyahu would pay a five-day visit to the US in the first week of March, Israeli media said on Sunday.

The two are expected to discuss the talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli regime.

The negotiations, which resumed in July 2013, have failed to make much progress.

Last Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Netanyahu rejected a proposal by the Palestinian Authority to place a NATO force in the Jordan Valley as part of a final status agreement between the two sides.

Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas had proposed that NATO forces be deployed to a future Palestinian state to ensure security.

Since the resumption of the direct talks, the Palestinian Authority has objected to a number of issues including the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Israel’s settlement expansion policy in the West Bank has created a major obstacle to the progress of the talks.

The settlements are illegal under the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in 2010 after the Tel Aviv regime refused to halt its settlement construction.

By Press TV

 

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