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Tuesday
Apr052011

President Obama to Meet with Israeli President on Mideast Peace

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres Tuesday to discuss revolutions and protests in the Mideast and how peace in Israel can be achieved.

President Peres is expected to tell Obama in detail about the new peace intiative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working on and ask for his input in return.

Some Israeli lawmakers have expressed renewed doubts that peace can be achieved while their region is wracked with so much political upheaval.  But others have said solving the conflict with the Palestinians now will help forge peaceful ties with the next crop of Arab leaders and regimes that emerge, and Peres will try to convey that message.

Tuesday's meeting comes a day after Israeli officials announced more Israeli housing construction in the contested areas, which the United States said they are "deeply concerned" with.

"Not only are continued Israeli settlements illegitimate, Israel’s actions run counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations," White House National Security Staff spokesman Tommy Vietor said Monday in a statement.

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