Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever

Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever
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The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by both governments. But just below the surface there was an almost audible shrug. There is little confidence -- close to none -- on either side that the Obama administration's goal of reaching a comprehensive deal in one year can be met.

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