Obama Meets Privately with Israel's President Peres

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President Barack Obama met privately Tuesday at the White House with Israeli President Shimon Peres.
 
Obama had hoped to find ways to boost Middle East peace efforts.

As the two leaders discussed the recent uprisings in the Arab world, Obama said it's more urgent than ever to reach a peace deal.

Peace deal negotiations have stalled. Palestinians refuse to negotiate unless Israel stops housing construction in disputed parts of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Obama administration has expressed that it is "concerned" about the recent approval of hundreds of new apartments in the West Bank.

"The United States is deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions with respect to settlement construction," White House National Security Staff spokesman Tommy Vietor told reporters Monday.

"Not only are continued Israeli settlements illegitimate, Israel's actions run counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations," Vietor said.

However, Elie Isaacson, an adviser to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, told The New York Times that the timing was coincidence.

"There are no secrets whatsoever," Isaacson said. "The plan is merely going from one bureaucratic stage to the next bureaucratic stage. The building policy in Jerusalem has been the same for 40 years."

CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell spoke more about the meeting between Obama and Peres on CBN News Channel Morning News, April 5. Click play to watch.

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