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RIA Novosti - Israeli PM to discuss dialogue with Palestinians in Egypt

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    RIA Novosti - Agence russe 3 mai 2010 Israeli PM to discuss dialogue with Palestinians in Egypt http://en.rian.ru/world/20100503/158849652.html Israeli Prime
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2010
      RIA Novosti -
      Agence russe
      3 mai 2010
      Israeli PM to discuss dialogue with Palestinians in Egypt

      http://en.rian.ru/world/20100503/158849652.html



      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will on Monday discuss
      prospects of indirect dialogue with Palestinians with Egyptian President
      Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Information Ministry said.

      Netanyahu will arrive in Egypt on a short working visit. According to
      official Israeli sources, his purpose will be to convince the Egyptian
      leader to influence Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the world to
      see progress in the Middle East settlement.

      Israel has called on the Palestinian National Authority to resume peace
      talks that stalled over a year ago immediately and without any
      preconditions.

      Palestinians, however, cite ongoing Israeli settlement construction in
      the West Bank and East Jerusalem, both occupied by Israel since the 1967
      Arab-Israeli War, as a main obstacle to the peace process.

      Under the internationally agreed roadmap for Middle East peace, Israel
      is obliged to freeze all settlement construction activity and remove
      unauthorized outposts built since 2001 from Palestinian territories.

      Abbas said in late April that he is ready to work with Netanyahu. The
      announcement came after U.S. mediator George Mitchell spent three days
      in the region in a bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

      On Saturday, the foreign ministers of Arab countries promoting the
      Palestinian-Israeli settlement initiative supported the resumption of
      indirect talks under U.S. mediation. The talks could resume in the first
      half of May but analysts doubt that they would be a success unless
      Israel agrees to stop settlement construction.

      Israeli-Palestinian peace talks came to a halt in December 2008, when
      Israel launched an attack on the Gaza Strip in a bid to put an end to
      the firing of homemade rockets at southern Israel by Palestinian
      militants based in the enclave. The conflict left 1,300 Palestinians and
      13 Israelis dead.



      CAIRO, May 3 (RIA Novosti)
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