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May 5th, 2009
09:53 AM ET

Rubin: Huge stumbling blocks to Mideast peace

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is prepared to resume peace negotiations."]

President Obama is meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres today. Yesterday, Peres attended a meeting of the pro-Israeli lobbyist group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the committee last night via satellite, saying it's time to talk peace again.

“We're prepared to resume peace negotiations without any delay and without any preconditions. The sooner the better. “

James Rubin, former assistant secretary of state and Columbia University professor, joined Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Tuesday. He says despite Washington’s efforts for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the prospect of success any time soon is very low.

Kiran Chetry: Analysts are noting that we did not hear either Peres or Netanyahu say they support a Palestinian state. What's going on in the Israeli side right now?

James Rubin: Well it looks like the new government there, Prime Minister Netanyahu, is trying to avoid committing to a Palestinian state and trying to get something for himself when he does commit it. So he's a real bargainer. He bargains with the United States, he bargains with his allies, just as much as he bargains with - with his adversaries, the Palestinians. So he's trying to come over to the United States, meet with President Obama, and get something for saying the obvious, what everybody agrees to, which is there needs to be a two-state solution. He's seeing if he can get something out of America for doing that.


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May 5th, 2009
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07:29 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday May 5th 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Glimmers of hope for the economy.  Wall Street seeing a pulse.  It's something you may have noticed in your 410-k's.  the Dow was up 214 points, its highest point of the Obama Administration.  Today, the nation’s 19 biggest banks get results of their stress tests, and we’ll soon find out whether more taxpayer dollars could be headed their way.
  • Middle East peace will be the focus at the White House today – when President Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres.  The administration is pressing for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.  Israel is also expected to emphasize the threat from Iran.
  • What started out in the tabloids could now play out in court. John Edwards is now denying  wrongdoing, as federal investigators look at the cash his campaign paid to a production company owned by his former mistress.  Elizabeth Edwards taped an interview with Oprah that will air on Thursday.  She's opening up about her husband's affair that he had during her battle with cancer.

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