JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister is on his way to Washington for a meeting tomorrow with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts.
Benjamin Netanyahu is promising to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians. Shortly before taking off from Israel, Netanyahu vowed to "stand steadfast" on Israeli interests.
After two decades of intermittent negotiations, the United States relaunched peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last July. The sides agreed to a nine-month target for forging a final peace deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to the region more than 10 times for meetings with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He has also talked to them on the phone repeatedly. But with no signs of breakthrough, Kerry has been forced to scale back his objectives.
On NBC's "Meet the Press" today, Kerry said Netanyahu's White House meeting should not be viewed as a "showdown." He said conversations will continue with both sides.