Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks

A senior Israeli official confirmed that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will resume next week in Washington. The official said the decision to renew peace talks was made by U.S. officials and senior Israeli and Palestinian officials during a series of calls. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the Israeli prime minister’s personal envoy, Isaac Molho, Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Secretary of State John Kerry will be participating in the meeting in Washington. “We have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming negotiations. This is a significant and welcome step forward,” Kerry said in a press conference. “Both sides understand that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling.” Talks between the sides have been stalled since 2010. Despite Israel’s willingness to make concessions, Palestinian leadership has thus far refused to resume talks without preconditions.

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