Middle East peace meeting gets low billing at the White House
April 5th, 2011
07:23 PM ET

Middle East peace meeting gets low billing at the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While the budget talks were high on President Obama’s agenda Tuesday, he had another relatively important meeting on his schedule at the White House.

Remember Middle East peace?

The president met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Oval Office followed by a working lunch in the Old Family Dining Room. Both events were out of the view of television cameras but that didn't keep the leaders from speaking to the press in other forums.

At the stakeout for the Israeli press, President Peres gave his assessment of the meetings. “I thank the president for his support of Israel. The president told me that as long as he is president the security of Israel will be on the top of his political considerations,” Peres said. “I am leaving the WH with hope and conviction and a sense that we sure can continue to turn the situation for the better.”

Moments later, President Obama was asked for a readout during an impromptu press conference in the briefing room.

“I think he and I both share a belief that this is both a challenge and an opportunity; that with the winds of change blowing through the Arab world, it’s more urgent than ever that we try to seize the opportunity to create a peaceful solution between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and he has some very interesting ideas around those issues,” Obama told reporters. “He also recognizes the fact that in a country like Egypt, not only do we need to be nurturing democracy, but we also have to make sure that economic opportunity is growing there. And so we explored some ideas about how we can provide some help and make sure that young people there see a brighter future.”

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Its just a community... whats the problem???? Just organize it!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I can tell it must be a hit at the PRESIDENT, but if that's what you want to think, I think that's disgusting and sad! However, I must admit, that was funny! LOL!

    April 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm |