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Israel and Palestine Leaders Continue to Talk

illegal Israeli settlementsAl Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin reports that Israeli and Palestinian leaders have entered a second round of direct Middle East talks in the past two weeks, but in the end, both sides could only agree to talk again on Wednesday.

What will happen when Israel resumes building illegal settlements on lands that are occupied by Palestinians has not been addressed.  The partial, 10-month moratorium expires at the end of September.  Palestine is concerned that if it can create its own state, most of its lands will have been eaten up by Israeli settlements.

The negotiations in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were attended by senior US officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy. Clinton and Mitchell both expressed optimism over the direction of the talks, but did not say if any tangible progress had been made.

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