Rahm Emanuel: Obama wants to seize chance on Mideast peace

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 20, 2010 17:13

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has been clear about the need "to seize this moment of opportunity" to make peace — addressing Israeli security and Palestinians' hopes for their own state, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told ABC television's "This Week" on Sunday.

Obama's latest White House meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set for July 6 — more than a month after their last one was scuttled at the last minute.

Obama and Netanyahu had planned talks on June 1, but that fell apart after Israel's deadly raid May 31 on a flotilla hoping to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

The raid has strained US-Israel relations, and the White House has announced a $400 million aid package for Gaza and the West Bank.


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