Bibi and Barack have first face-to-face

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to put a priority on Iran’s nuclear ambitions when he meets today with President Obama, an indication that Palestinian statehood, backed by the U.S. but not endorsed by Netanyahu, can wait.  College of Communication Professor Robert Zelnick, a former long-time ABC News correspondent in the Middle East, can offer some perspective on where this might be heading.

“The Palestinian statehood question is a red herring.  The two real issues are: How is Iran to be prevented from producing nuclear weapons?  And, how is Hamas to be dealt with in relationship to the peace process?  On these matters there may be real differences of approach.”

Contact Robert Zelnick, 617-353-5007,

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