The funeral of Assaf Ramon, a young fighter pilot and son of Israel’s first astronaut, has delayed Netanyahu’s talk with Mitchell until Tuesday.
US Middle East envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday and sounded optimistic that a deal on settlements could boost peace talks before the end of the month.
The US Mideast envoy called the meeting "good" but didn't say whether he discussed a settlement freeze, which Palestinians have called a prerequisite to peace talks.
A lead Palestinian peace negotiator says the demand for a full settlement freeze – not a partial one – is a precondition to resuming peace talks. But a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas is still possible in September.
All sides have promised to meet again. Israeli settlements and a belligerent Iran remain the biggest stumbling blocks.
London report of Israeli-Palestinian plan linked to Iran sanctions disputed by European experts.
Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu begins a four-day trip to Europe on Monday. In London on Wednesday, he'll discuss how to fast-track the peace process with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
The mainline Palestinian party elected a new guard in its first leadership vote in 20 years, revamping a council whose youngest member was 70.
The Palestinian party also extended its historic summit to try to ease disputes that have marred the gathering.
Some of the 2,200 delegates expressed outrage at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s account of the party’s past 20 years.