Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that Palestinians would reject anything rival Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agrees to during this week's talks with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US envoy George Mitchell failed to agree on a settlement freeze Tuesday, saying they would meet again Wednesday.
The Geneva Initiative, a group of prominent Israelis and Palestinians, on Tuesday presented a blueprint for comprehensive peace. Next step: public debate.
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.