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White House Watch: No Chance For a Smooth Transition?

Biden Trip Won't Include Mideast Peace Push

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) will meet separately with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during his Mideast trip. (Photo by CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

There will be no attempts to secure a final-year Middle East peace pact when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders next week.  

Biden will depart Washington for the region Saturday night for a week-long trip during which he will meet with U.S. allies in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the West Bank. The White House on Friday, however, advised against expecting major progress toward an ever-elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace pact.  

Obama, Netanyahu Aim to Get Past Iran Deal Tension

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President Barack Obama said Monday it's time he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get past their "strong disagreement" over the Iran nuclear deal and work toward "blunting destabilizing activities" in Iran that threaten Israel.  

The two leaders, joined by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and senior aides, huddled for several hours in the Oval Office in their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year. Both spoke briefly before their closed-door meeting about working together to quell violence in the Palestinian territories, bolstering Israel’s military and combating the Islamic State terror group.