Israel and Palestine Will Restart Peace Talks in September

August 21, 2010

(ChattahBox) – The Obama administration have set the stage for Israel and the Palestinians to restart direct peace talks.  The meeting is set for Sept. 2 at the State Department.  The last direct talks between Israel and Palestine broke down in mid-2008.  Secretary of State Clinton who announced the plans on Friday, will help referee the first face-to-face negotiations in two years between the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority,  saying yesterday:

“I’ve invited Israeli Prime Minister Netayahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas to meet on September second in Washington, D.C., to relaunch direction negotiations to resolve all final status issues, which we believe can be completed within one year.”

President Obama has also invited the leaders of Jordan and Egypt as well as Tony Blair.   The plan is for President Obama to meet with the four Middle-Eastern leaders first on September first. Hamas the militant Palestinian group that rules Gaza, however is not invited, and has already denounced the talks.

American special envoy for Middle East peace George Mitchell, who has traveled between the two sides for months of indirect, or proximity, talks, says the United States is ready to suggest compromises, or “bridging proposals,” as needed during the talks.  While Secretary Clinton said the talks should take place without preconditions.

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