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Israelis, Palestinians Meet in 'Intensive Effort' to Salvage Talks

(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have met for a second straight night, in what the U.S. State Department is calling an "intensive effort to resolve their differences."

In a statement late Monday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. helped facilitate the meeting at the request of the two sides.  

She said there are still gaps, but that both the Israelis and Palestinians are committed to narrowing them.

The U.S. said earlier that a round of negotiations on Sunday was "serious and constructive."

The American efforts to extend the peace talks past a late April deadline stalled last week after Israel balked at carrying out a planned prisoner release and the Palestinians revived a controversial bid for U.N. recognition as the "state of Palestine."

With the talks deadlocked, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced his impatience at both sides, saying the United States would re-evaluate its mediator role.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
April 09, 2014 12:00 AM
Before anybody was borned in our time, there was a Nation called Israel. Israel didn't May 16, 1948, This history is dare wrong. There are historical evidence to proved that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. There are Biblical evidence to proved that the land of Israel belong to the Jews. there are Koranic evidence to proved that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews.
Before May 15,1948, who name that land Bethlehem,Haifa, Jaffa, Tiberia, Samaria, Bethany,Jerusalem, Ramah? the so Arab change it to Ramallah,etc etc. The word palestine came into existing when Hadrian the Roman Emperor in AD 135 , name Israel so call Palestine.search history. That land has always been for the Jews. the so call Arabs came from Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. The late Arafat was born in Egypt August 28, 1929. Not so call Palestine. All those Arabs are lairs. they need to go back to where they cam from God Bless Israel

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
April 09, 2014 5:22 AM
Israel did not come into existing May 15, 1948, No, Israel has always been there even before you and I was borned. and Israel is for the Jewish people. The Arabs have to claimed to that land. Sura 17 states Mohammed went to Jerusalem, it is not true. Cuz during the days of Mohammed, the byzantine was in control of Jerusalem, Muslim didn't conquer Jerusalem til AD 633, the Caliph Omar.


by: JohnWV from: USA
April 07, 2014 3:20 PM
Israel defines itself as a Jewish state, a racist state, and will never accept a non apartheid democracy with a Jewish minority. Continuing illegal annexations, settlement expansion and ethnic cleansing have also precluded any negotiated two state solution. Justice may now be served only by imposing resolution just as involuntary, disruptive and humiliating to Israel as Israel has wreaked upon occupied Palestine for generations. The Jewish State must be forced, by whatever means necessary, to recognize an armed Palestine with externally enforced autonomy, eviction of all settlers, true contiguity encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem together, neither pinched nor parceled, and pay punitive reparations. American foreign policy may then again serve American interests, not the Jewish state's paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire in and beyond the Mideast.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
April 09, 2014 7:27 PM
The Arabs came and occupied the Jews land. read history, There were no land called Palestine. It is time that we that know the truth, comes out and say it. Israel has the right to defend their citizens. what give the so call Arabs to fired rockets into Israel and Israel cannot do the same? what give them the right to killed the Jews and the Jews cannot do the same? where fire comes from, fire will returned. God bless Israel

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by: Nazarene from: US
April 08, 2014 7:01 AM
thank the Lord for making the enemies of His People - ridiculous...!!


by: Swamy from: India
April 07, 2014 2:07 PM
don't be silly... what "peace"...?? the world can never have peace with Islam. its not by accident that islam presides over a hideous ravaged desolated wilderness -


by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
April 07, 2014 11:31 AM
Israelis and Palestinians Table-Round peace sustainable advances Human rights

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