Peace Talks Begin: President Will Hold Back-To-Back-To-Back-To-Back Meetings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah

hide captionIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington for direct talks with the Palestinian Authority. This morning, he'll meet with President Obama.

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Yesterday, we remarked on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's busy schedule in advance of Middle East peace talks at the White House.

Today, it's President Obama's turn.

He'll hold four bilateral meetings, back-to-back-to-back-to-back, followed by a "working dinner" with visiting leaders.

According to POLITICO's Laura Rozen, "the administration is keeping its cards close to the chest on many specifics on the talks process."

But Washington Middle East experts who have consulted with the administration this week say it does not seem to have many details worked out yet between the parties, nor an evident Plan B should the talks run aground.

The schedule, according to the White House:

10:45 a.m. ET: The president holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

1:30 p.m. ET: The president holds a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

2:45 p.m. ET: The president holds a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan

4:00 p.m. ET: The president holds a bilateral meeting with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

8:00 p.m. ET: The president hosts a working dinner with visiting leaders

Tomorrow, Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams will get down to work at the Department of State.



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