Rice to arrive in Israel again on Saturday night

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to arrive in Israel Saturday night for a two day visit aimed both at determining where Israel and the Palestinians are in their negotiations, and to prepare the ground for US President George W. Bush's visit a week later. With PA President Mahmoud Abbas recovering from an angioplasty procedure in Amman he underwent on Thursday, there will likely be no no trilateral Rice, Olmert, Abbas meeting. However, according to diplomatic officials, there may be a three way meeting with her, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and chief PA negotiator Ahmed Qurei. Likewise, Rice may meet together with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayad, as she did when she was last in the country, a month ago. Diplomatic sources said the purpose of Rice's meetings here is to see where the two sides stand, what is being achieved on each of the four separate negotiating tracks, what obstacles exist, and what plans the sides have for moving the process forward.