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Jordan's King Abdullah and Obama meet

Ahead of the meeting between President Barack Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah II, it looked as though the Arab leader might issue some stern warnings to the president about the urgency required in the Arab-Israeli peace process. Whether or not he did, the White House statement recapping the meeting issues a far less dramatic message:

"The leaders exchanged ideas on ways to advance comprehensive peace in the Middle East, between both Israelis and Palestinians and Israelis and the larger Arab world.  During these discussions, both agreed that Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks should begin as soon as possible, and transition quickly to direct negotiations.  They also agreed that both sides should refrain from actions that undermine trust during these talks."

The question now becomes whether Obama is ready to commit his administration to forcing talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders or if he'll remain focused on domestic issues. There is reason to believe that he may be ready to take action.

After pushing through his health care bill, he made a trip to Afghanistan, which many analysts interpreted as a symbolic show of commitment to the conflict and foreign policy. Additionally, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently came out and said that failure to reach a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine is costing the US lives in both of its ongoing wars.

So if Obama is serious about addressing issues in the region, it's likely that the public commitment he and King Abdullah made today will be more than just idle words.

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/jordan/100412/jordans-king-abdullah-and-obama-meet