UK calls on US to show leadership in Israel-Palestine conflict
On Sunday, the British foreign secretary said it was time to make a huge effort toward peace in the Middle East, and called on the US to exact leverage over Israel.
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Recent U.S. efforts to coax the Palestinians and Israelis back into negotiations to agree a long term peace have failed, and talks are set become even more fraught if the Palestinians succeed in securing recognition as an "observer state".
A vote on the diplomatic upgrade could take place later this month at the U.N. General Assembly, and if successful would implicitly recognise Palestinian statehood. Israel and the United States oppose the move and call for a return to talks.
Britain has also been pushing the United States, a close ally, to take a bigger role in helping to end the conflict inSyria, with Prime Minister David Cameron calling for greater engagement within hours of Obama's re-election.