Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she's invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington on Sept. 2 "to relaunch direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues which we believe can be completed within one year." President Obama has invited President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and King Abdullah II of Jordan to attend as well because of their "critical role in this effort," Clinton said at a news conference. Obama will have bilateral meetings with the four leaders on Sept. 1 and will then dine with them, she said. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a Quartet representative, has been invited as well.Additional analysis is provided here.
It is perhaps coincidental, but the announcement from Secretary Clinton comes on the same day that the New York Times (and other news organizations) reported that the U.S. has convinced Israel that an imminent attack against Iran for its planned nuclear program is not necessary.