January 3rd, 2012
12:30 AM ET

Israeli, Palestinian officials to meet in Jordan to relaunch negotiations

Israeli and Palestinian representatives are expected to meet in Jordan on Tuesday in an effort to relaunch negotiations between the two sides after more than a year of deadlock, Jordanian state media reported.

Netanyahu's special envoy, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, and Erakat will meet in Amman with representatives of the Middle East Quartet - made up of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia.

Peace talks between the two sides fell apart more than a year ago over disagreements on the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In September, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a bid for the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state, a move Israel called premature without direct talks that address its long-standing security concerns.

Filling the vacuum left open by the removal of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King Abdullah has taken a more active role in trying to bridge the gulf between Israelis and Palestinians.

In November, King Abdullah made a rare visit to the Palestinian political capital of Ramallah in the West Bank followed by a meeting in Amman a week later with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

While both sides thanked the Jordanian government for its role in bringing about the meeting, few are expecting any serious breakthroughs.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Well, hey...

    ...they're talking. That's something!

    January 3, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Triumph

    Not a good sign when the headline has a word with "launch" in it.

    January 3, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. ¤.¤

    How true,
    Triumph...how true!

    January 3, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |