Obama urges new talks between Palestinians and Israelis
President Obama meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office on Tuesday
May 17th, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Obama urges new talks between Palestinians and Israelis

By CNN's Alan Silverleib

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday it is critical for Israelis and Palestinians to restart negotiations on an "equitable and just" two-state solution to their decades-long conflict.

Obama made his remarks during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House, kicking off a critical week for the administration's Middle East policy.

The president is scheduled to deliver an address Thursday on U.S. policy toward the "Arab Spring" uprisings that have shaken autocratic regimes across North Africa and the broader Arab world.

Obama is slated to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. Netanyahu, in turn, will deliver an address to Congress while in Washington.
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Did you know??
May 17th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

Did you know??

You may see it in reporter live shots from time to time, but the grounds of the White House are currently undergoing a large renovation. In an interview with CNN last year, Bob Peck with the General Services Administration, the agency that oversees the maintenance of federal buildings, said the project was undertaken because the portion under construction had not "been updated since it was built in 1902 and upgraded some parts in 1934. We have Electrical lines, water lines that haven't been updated since and we are basically digging underground to fix them up and make them modern, safer and secure."

The project is currently scheduled to last four years, and will have approximately 500 workers on it by the time it is complete. While the idea of fixing leaky pipes may not generate much excitement, there are some who speculate there is a more secret nature to the project. Despite our questions, Mr. Peck said "all I can tell you is that you can imagine it as a very secure infrastructure project. That's as much as I can say."

POTUS schedule for Tuesday, May 17, 2011
May 17th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The focus at the White House shifts to Middle East peace and diplomacy today with a visit from King Abdullah II of Jordan. President Obama will meet with the king in the Oval Office behind closed doors to discuss US-Jordan relations and the overall Arab world. The two leaders will make statements to the pool around noon.

Then the president and vice president will have their weekly lunch. This afternoon, Mr. Obama will make remarks at the Jewish American Heritage Month reception in the East Room of the White House.

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