US Envoy Presses On With Mideast Peace Effort

The U.S. envoy to the Middle East is holding talks with the Palestinian leader, even as hopes are fading that Washington could restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations anytime soon.

President Barack Obama's voiced that pessimism in comments in a Time Magazine interview on Thursday, indicating he may have overreached in his Mideast efforts.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not resume negotiations without an internationally mandated Israeli settlement freeze. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed only to a slowdown in construction, and that has left the sides at an impasse.

Envoy George Mitchell met Abbas on Friday. He held talks with Netanyahu on Thursday.


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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. The reasons for Israel Palestine wars: Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, who later stole Esau's blessing from his father (Gen. 25:30-34; 27:35-38). As a result, Esau was filled with jealousy and plotted to kill Jacob. The animosity between the brothers was passed down through their descendants. The rage continued through the years, as bloody battles were fought between Israel and the descendants of Esau (the Edomites and Amalekites). Even King Herod, who commanded that all male babies in Bethlehem be killed in an attempt to destroy Jesus, was a descendant of Esau.
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