There is a certain 'uncertain' feeling here in Israel at the imminent tri-lateral meeting about to take place between US President Barak Obama, who is hosting in New York, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mohmoud Abbas.
Of course the leaders are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. There is much hyped anticipation over the speach of (allegedly) re-elected President Ahmadinejad of Iran and that of Mr. Netanyahu.
In the end, one can suppose that it doesn't really matter what Mr. Ahmadinejad will say in his speech to the floor of the world's leadership… Israel has a problem with what he has repeatedly said on several levels and the earth is shaking here in the Middle East.
I typically stay away from predictions – but it really feels like Mr. Netanyahu's speech is going to start a timer.
But back to the meeting with Mr. Abbas; there is huge amounts of suggestion/hypothesis and guesswork among the media – both foreign and local, regarding any of the things that will be discussed during the leaders talks.
As Chuck Freeby has said repeatedly – the two sides have substantial differences that appear un bridgeable. One could say that the one thing going for some kind success in this meeting is the fact that Mr. Obama isn't accustomed to losing – where as the other parties are. One has to believe he has a reason to bring them together – and produce an outcome that will make both of them look like winners to their respected peoples.
Middle East Correspondent