Israeli official: Talks with Palestinians would take months

July 19, 2013 22:44

New Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, if resumed, would take months, an Israeli official said on Friday after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the sides had laid the groundwork for negotiations.

"We are talking about months, both to ensure the process is substantive and comprehensive, and to get us past September," the official said, on condition of anonymity.The official was referring to the annual UN general assembly in September, where the Palestinians had, in the absence of direct diplomacy, considered lobbying for recognition of their claim of statehood in territory captured by Israel in 1967.

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