Peace Talks to Resume in Israel, Clinton to Meet With Netanyahu
March 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-After a lengthy Thursday night telephone call between Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, relations have thawed between the United States and the Jewish state. Although the State Department is not disclosing the details of what concessions, if any, Netanyahu proposed, the conversation apparently went well, because Clinton announced she is meeting in direct talks with Netanyahu in the U.S on Monday. And special peace envoy George J. Mitchell has been dispatched once again, to Israel to resume the peace process in the war-torn region.
Earlier in the week, the Obama administration delayed Mitchell’s planned trip to the Middle East, until Netanyahu adequately responded to three demands issued by Clinton, one of which was the reversal of 1,600 housing units to be built in East Jerusalem.
According to the report in the Washington Post, the State Department is hopeful, but at the same time has been careful not to condone Netanyahu’s proposals to resume the peace talks with the Palestinians:
‘”We are going to review the Prime Minister’s response and continue our discussions with both sides to keep proximity talks moving forward,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement issued from Moscow, where Clinton is meeting with Russian officials.”
Mitchell is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.