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Obama Desperate to Fix Relations With Israel

Monday, 05 Jul 2010 02:42 PM

In an effort to mend fraying relations with Israel, the White House is rolling out the red carpet for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday visit to Washington to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The prime minister is expected to get a very different welcome than the one he received back in March, according to Fox News.

This time, he'll stay at the official White House guest residence, the Blair House, as opposed to a hotel. The two leaders will also hold a photo op. No pictures were released and no formal statement was issued after a pair of closed-door meetings at the White House during Netanyahu’s last visit.

That meeting, which yielded no agreement, came after Israel announced new apartments in disputed east Jerusalem in the middle of Vice President Biden's visit and triggered a stand-off with the White House.

Analysts say Obama appears to believe the red carpet treatment will lead to better results.

"Perhaps the president was not as aware that he needs to maintain the semblance of good relations with Israel and the Israeli prime minister, especially if he wants Israeli public opinion to participate in moving the peace process forward," said Chemi Shalev, political analyst for the Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom, told Fox News.

"I think there is a bit of a second thought, and they are trying to put a best face forward and start a new stage in the relationship."

Read the entire story at FoxNews.com.

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