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Neither Side in Mideast Talks Hurrying to Break Impasse

Thursday, 07 Oct 2010 12:57 PM


The Arab League meeting on Friday in Libya, widely thought of as a deadline when Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would either be renewed or definitively cut off, appears likely to pass without either occurring, The New York Times reports.

No Israeli decision is expected soon on extending a Jewish settlement freeze in the West Bank — the Palestinian condition for renewed talks — despite a package of American inducements. And the Arabs are expected only to say that talks cannot coincide with settlement building, not to close the door entirely on negotiations.

On the Israeli side, while there are midlevel negotiations with Washington on the terms of a renewal, there are no ministerial meetings planned in the coming days to consider extending the freeze, and none can occur without ministerial approval.

The head of the settler movement said on Thursday that his group no longer saw the need to run advertisements pressing the government not to renew the construction freeze.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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