Obama: No 'grand peace plan' during Israel trip

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 3:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing down expectations for a Mideast peace breakthrough during his upcoming trip to Israel.

He's telling American Jewish leaders that he won't be carrying a "grand peace plan" when he arrives in the region later this month.

Obama, in an hourlong private meeting at the White House on Thursday, acknowledged that near-term prospects for peace are bleak. That's according to a person who attended the discussion. But the president says a deal with the Palestinians remains the only way for Israel to achieve long-term security.

The person who attended the meeting was not authorized to discuss it publicly and requested anonymity.

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