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Will Obama set Mideast guidelines for next president?

US sources claim that President Barack Obama is considering a presidential speech to set guiding principles on a two-state solution for the next administration.
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 9, 2015. The two leaders meet here today for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal, with Washington seeking his re-commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTS66BC

While Americans and the world at large are captivated by the fierce US election campaign, many international eyes are also set on Washington for potential movement on the stalled Middle East peace process. There will be two key periods this fall: The annual gathering of the UN General Assembly will take place in September, and in November, just after the presidential elections, President Barack Obama may be more free to make a policy move on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

The Palestinians hope Obama will not leave office without setting a US policy platform for the next president along the lines of the proposed framework by Secretary of State John Kerry in the spring of 2015. Kerry's proposal included a future border on the basis of the 1967 lines and the promotion of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

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