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Posted on Mar 7, 2010
AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters, not seen, during a demonstration last month against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank.

A new round of “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians may be announced as early as Monday, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expected to arrive in Israel on a mission to get indirect negotiations going between the two sides. —JCL

The Guardian:

The US vice-president, Joe Biden, is due in Israel tomorrow for an American diplomatic initiative to start indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The new round of so-called “proximity talks” could be announced as early as tomorrow, but there is scepticism on both sides about the chance of any agreement. George Mitchell, the US special envoy to the Middle East, will shuttle between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for four months hoping to find common ground. Although the talks are low-key, they mark the first return to a peace process since Israel’s war in Gaza more than a year ago.

Mitchell flew into Israel on Saturday night and met with Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, for 90 minutes. He saw Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, today and will meet Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow.

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By MarthaA, March 8, 2010 at 7:35 am Link to this comment

Who is to benefit from the leaked document?  Many leaked documents are sophism and propaganda.

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By ofersince72, March 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

I can’t get over all the people that complained
and griped at the lawlessness and criminal activity
of the Bush Administration…...

who have embrassed this administration

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By Commune115, March 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

A leaked document in Israel shows Obama is really just trying to score PR points ahead of the 2010 elections.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1154530.html

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By Tom Westheimer, March 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

This assumes Israel really wants peace and if the past is any indication, their actions speak much louder than their pandering re peace.

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By MarthaA, March 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

Good luck, Joe.

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