TODAY’S NEWS: Mideast mediators to hold separate talks with Israel, Palestine

Note:   Iran should not be Israel’s primary concern.  Israel’s primary concern should be to end the conflict with the Palestinians.  The members of the Quartet have had enough intelligence to figure that out.  The Quartet will hold separate talks with Israel and the PNA on December 13 and 14.  In the article pasted below I have highlighted remarks that US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made in a speech in Washington yesterday.   Peace, Roy

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Mideast mediators to hold separate talks with Israel, PNA

Meeting of Middle East Quartet© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Fedorenko

11:10 03/12/2011

GAZA, December 3 (RIA Novosti)

The Quartet of mediators on the Middle East conflict will on December 13-14 meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials in a bid to revive the peace dialogue between them, Al Ayam website said on Saturday.

The peace process has been stalled for more than a year, bedeviled by continuing Israeli settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories and by the Palestinians’ bid for full membership of the United Nations.

The Quartet, comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States, resumed peace talks this September with an aim to bring the two sides to the negotiating table after bilateral talks stalled last year.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday prodded Israel to do more to reverse its deepening isolation in the Middle East, and suggested that Israeli leaders bear significant blame for a stalled peace process that he said “has been effectively put on hold.”

“Unfortunately, over the past year, we’ve seen Israel’s isolation from its traditional security partners in the region grow, and the pursuit of a comprehensive Middle East peace plan has effectively been put on hold,” he said at a speech in Washington.

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