In a last-ditch effort to persuade the Palestinian leaders to drop their statehood bid at the United Nations next week, the U.S. sent two senior envoys to the Middle East to try to revive the long-stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
The U.S. Middle East envoy David Hale and senior White House aide Dennis Ross arrived in Israel yesterday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the Eurasia Review website reports today (September 15, 2011).
Hale and Ross will then move to Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to try to dissuade him from going ahead with his plan to seek UN recognition of the Palestinian State and full membership for the new state in the UN.
The U.S. diplomatic effort is probably too little and too late. President Abbas announced earlier this week that there can be no turning back on the plan to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian State -- a topic that is scheduled to be discussed and voted on by the UN on September 20.