Israeli Talks With Palestinians Should Start Soon
Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni says negotiations with the Palestinians in Washington could start right away.
The expectation had been that Monday's meeting in Washington would prepare for a new round of Mideast peace talks after five years of diplomatic stalemate, but Livni said "the idea is to start the negotiations today."
"There is a lot of cynicism and skepticism and pessimism but there is also hope," Livni told The Associated Press before heading to Washington for a dinner Monday evening with the Palestinians hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after meeting U.N. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon.
"I believe that by relaunching the negotiations we can recreate hope for Israelis and Palestinians as well," she said.
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