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Sides speak more with US than with each other

Analysis: Sides speak more with US than with each other By HERB KEINON Jerusalem Post 09/15/2010 03:07

George Mitchell says “In the end” all the sensitive issues between Israel and the Palestinians “must be resolved by the parties themselves.”

SHARM E-SHEIKH – “In the end,” US Mideast envoy George Mitchell said Tuesday in a press conference here following a number of meetings, all the sensitive issues between Israel and the Palestinians “must be resolved by the parties themselves.”

n the meantime, however, the “direct talks” between Israel and the Palestinians are taking more the form of negotiations between each side and the Americans, with both the Palestinians and Israel trying to convince the US of the reasonableness of their respective positions.

This is something that became evident looking at the slate of meetings held in Sharm on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu started the day with a meeting with the host of the discussions, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Palestinian Authority PresidentMahmoud Abbas also had a bilateral with Mubarak.

What was sorely absent from that rich menu of talks was a private meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu. That meeting might take place Wednesday in Jerusalem, but then again it might not. …………..

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