Mideast peace in crisis as U.S. halts talks with Israel on settlement

20:57, December 08, 2010      

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The Middle East peace process is apparently going through a new crisis after the United States officially informed the Palestinian side that the talks with Israel over settlement freeze had stopped and new talks will be held soon with the two sides separately.

After the U.S. failed to convince Israel to freeze settlement construction, the U.S. proposal would encourage the Palestinians to chose between applying to the international community and demand a recognition of an independent Palestinian state, or accept to start again indirect talks with Israel.

On the light of the U.S. proposal, the Palestinians decided to start holding large contacts with Arab states and foreign countries. These contacts will start with a meeting to be held between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt on Thursday.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will travel to Washington as early as possible next week to hold separate talks with the U.S. officials over the U.S. proposal, while Yitzhak Molkho, the political advisor of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu will hold similar talks on how to get out of the crisis.


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