U.S. urges Mideast peace talks

OUKWD-UK-PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL-CLINTONSecretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian president to resume peace talks which have been on hold for two years.  She said direct negotiations will begin in Washington on Sept. 2.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, former ABC News foreign correspondent and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says in a Politico commentary that after a recent extended fact-finding visit he found the Palestinians ready to deal.

“While maintaining no stated goal of ‘liberating’ Gaza, the new Palestinian leadership believes that a deal with Israel which establishes an independent Palestinian state will be hard for Hamas to oppose.  Do I believe that a deal will be reached within the one-year time-limit the parties have set for themselves? Yes.”

Contact Bob Zelnick, 617-353-5007, bzelnick@bu.edu

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