Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in DC for talks

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Obama today. Talks between the two leaders were originally scheduled to come on the heels of a meeting between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu cancelled those talks last week after Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound ship, killing nine activists.

The cancellation of the U.S. – Israeli talks has led to lowered expectations for the U.S. – Palestinian talks. Muna Shikaki, a correspondent for Al Arabiya TV, says “the White House is trying to downplay this meeting with Abbas and the Palestinians are doing the same thing.”

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