(JNS.org) Israel and the
Palestinians have a “window of opportunity to get back to the peace table,”
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday after meeting with United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office.
President Barack Obama. Credit: White House.
Obama said the two discussed how “the United
States, as a strong friend of Israel and a supporter of a Palestinian state,
can work with the United Nations and other multilateral bodies to try to move
that process forward.” Ban and Obama also discussed the situation in Syria and
North Korea, Israel Hayom reported.
Ban said he appreciated Obama’s recent visit
to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “We need to do more of our efforts to
fully utilize the generated momentum by President Obama’s visit so that a
two-state solution can be successfully implemented as soon as possible,” Ban
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited
Israel this week to try to bring the two sides together. Kerry told Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Palestinians want borders to be the first
issue discussed and expect Israel to present a map of the borders of a future
Palestinian state. Netanyahu said the issue must be left for the final stage of
negotiations, as there are essential issues that need to be agreed upon first.