August 20th, 2010
11:24 AM ET

Clinton: Israel, Palestinians returning to table

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"Enemies of peace" may try to derail negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in announcing that the two sides will hold direct talks.

The talks, slated for September, will be the first since 2008, when negotiations broke down over Israel's three-week offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

President Obama is inviting both sides to Washington next month, and the parties have agreed to finish the talks within a year, sources said. Obama has also invited Russia, Egypt, Jordan, the European Union and the U.N. to participate.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Excellent, a wonderful opportunity for Hillary Clinton and President Obama to craft a honest and lasting peace treaty for the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinian people. If they are successful in doing that, that would be a tremendous accomplishment and legacy which will be greatly admired for many decades by the Democratic leaders and totally reflected in jealousy by the Republican potty.

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