Sunday, May 15, 2011

Obama to host Netanyahu at White House on May 20th while Michelle resigns.

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"The leaders look forward to discussing the full range of issues of mutual interest to the United States and Israel," US statement says.

  WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will host Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a meeting on May 20, the White House said on Wednesday.

"The leaders look forward to discussing the full range of issues of mutual interest to the United States and Israel," the White House said in a statement.

'PM to surprise int'l community in Congress speech'
Diplomacy: PM's speech to Congress... then and now

Earlier this month, Netanyahu acknowledged for the first time that he will deliver a speech to a joint session of the US Congress at the end of May in which he will lay out the principles of his government’s diplomatic and security policies.

“Next month I will have the opportunity to present the principles of our diplomatic and security polices during my visit to the US,” Netanyahu said at a pre-Pessah Likud gathering in Tel Aviv.

“I received an invitation to speak before a joint session of Congress from my friend Speaker of the House John Boehner, and I greatly appreciate this opportunity. It symbolizes the strong alliance between the American people, the American Congress and the American administration with Israel and the Jewish people.”

At the same time, the main guy quits.

Obama's special envoy for Middle East resigns
Washington: Special US Envoy for the Middle East George J Michelle has resigned after his two-year efforts failed to advance Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Michelle, 77, communicated his decision to President Barack Obama in a letter without giving any specific reason, except for saying that his intention was to serve in this post for two years. Michelle's resignation has been accepted by
Obama and his deputy David Hale has been asked to serve as acting envoy.

"When I accepted your request to serve as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace my intention was to serve for two years. More than two years having passed I hereby resign, effective May 20, 2011," Michelle said in a letter to Obama, a copy of which was released by the White House.
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