US: Israel, Palestinians Must Restart Direct Talks
December 2, 2011
The U.S. says Israel and the Palestinians must start direct talks before there can be any negotiation on borders and security as part of a two-state peace deal. The sides are supposed to present plans by late January as part of a U.S.-backed mediation effort.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday the U.S. and other Mideast mediators were pressing Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. Meanwhile, the two sides should already have been engaged in face-to-face talks since October, but neither side attended those previously-scheduled talks.