Mideast

Netanyahu, Abbas, Meet Barack

President Barack Obama will hold a joint meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, the White House said. The meeting is the first between the three men and will be held in New York when the leaders are in town for a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell just returned from a weeklong mission in the Middle East with little to show for his efforts. The White House is trumpeting the meeting as a demonstration of the president’s commitment to the region.