White House: Obama will not present new peace initiative

White House Spokesman Jay Carney said that President Barack Obama's visit to Israel next spring will not focus on specific suggestions to the peace process.


Regarding whether Obama intends to pressure Israel on the settlements issue Carney said that "We expect Iran and Syria will be topics of conversation. But I'm sure a variety of issues will be discussed, as they always are when the president meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders." (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)