Hale and Abbas 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that
the path to a two-state solution creating a Palestinian state beside
Israel runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.
Speaking at a news conference, Clinton repeated the US view that the
Palestinians should not seek full membership in the United Nations later
this month and instead should resume direct talks with the Israelis.
She said she is sending two US envoys, David Hale and Dennis Ross, to
Israel and the Palestinian territories to try to find a way to revive
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The two senior US envoys will return to the Middle East this
week. Hale, the US
Mideast peace envoy and Ross, a senior White House official, will
head back for more talks one week after an initial set of meetings with
Israeli and Palestinian leaders appeared to make little headway.
stepped-up US activity comes as US President Barack Obama's administration
scrambles to head off the Palestinian Authority's plan to seek full membership during
the UN General Assembly session that begins on Sept. 19, despite US and
"Our view remains that neither course, neither the Security Council nor
the General Assembly, is going to lead to the result that they seek,
which is to have a stable, secure state living in peace, that they have
to do this through negotiations," State Department spokeswoman Victoria
Nuland said on Monday.