Israel says it’s open to US shuttle diplomacy

Israel says it’s open to US shuttle diplomacy
# 17 February 2010 21:31 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Israel’s prime minister says he is open to U.S.-led indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as long as they lead to direct negotiations, APA reports quoting Associated Press.
American Mideast envoy George Mitchell has said he is willing to mediate indirect talks to get negotiations back on track after a yearlong deadlock. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already signaled he is open to the suggestion.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told leaders of American Jewish organizations Wednesday he would be "fine" with a third party bringing the sides back to peace talks. But he says direct talks will eventually be needed to end the conflict.
The U.S. has struggled to coax both sides back to negotiations, which broke down in late 2008 after Israel’s Gaza offensive.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says he is open to U.S.-led indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as long as they lead to direct negotiations.
American Mideast envoy George Mitchell has said he is willing to mediate indirect talks to get negotiations back on track after a yearlong deadlock. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already signaled he is open to the suggestion.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told leaders of American Jewish organizations Wednesday he would be "fine" with a third party bringing the sides back to peace talks. But he says direct talks will eventually be needed to end the conflict.
The U.S. has struggled to coax both sides back to negotiations, which broke down in late 2008 after Israel’s Gaza offensive.
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