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Israel's Netanyahu Wants Talks with Abbas Every 2 Weeks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas every two weeks as they enter into direct peace talks.

Israeli media report Mr. Netanyahu told his advisors late Thursday that he plans to personally lead the Israeli negotiating team.

The two leaders are to meet in Washington next week to relaunch peace talks that have been stalled since 2008.

One of the biggest points of conflict is Israeli settlement activity in land Palestinians want for a future state.

Mr. Abbas has warned that talks will be curtailed if Israel does not extend a moratorium on settlement construction set to expire September 26.

Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, says that continuing the moratorium would upset Israeli settlers who have threatened to bring down Israel's ruling coalition if the construction freeze is not lifted.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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