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January 24, 2010

Reuters: Mitchell Put Ball in Palestinian Court

Reuters reports:

The United States told Palestinian leaders on Friday they must resume talks with Israel if they want U.S. help to achieve a peace treaty that ends Israeli occupation and creates a Palestinian state.

Putting the ball squarely in the Palestinian court, U.S. envoy George Mitchell told President Mahmoud Abbas that returning to the table was paramount, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

Mitchell's reported position that ongoing American involvement is conditioned on the Palestinians' resumption of negotiations was picked up by the Palestinian Maan News Agency and the (Lebanon) Daily Star, but not by Ha'aretz, the Los Angeles Times, nor the Washington Post. The New York Times did run the Reuters report as a news brief.

Posted by TS at January 24, 2010 08:24 AM


For all the good it will do, I am glad to see it being said, openly, for once!

Posted by: Susan at January 26, 2010 07:30 PM

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