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(photo credit: NMatty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)
Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday met with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, as the Israel-Palestinian proximity talks entered their second round.Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas met with Mitchell on Tuesday, and told the US envoy that Israeli
“provocations” were threatening to foil the nascent negotiations.
"Israel hopes that the Palestinians will also try to create a positive
atmosphere, and will not try to make international case against Israel,
for example the actions they took against Israel to prevent their
acceptance to the OECD," Netanyahu’s communications adviser Nir Hefetz
said in a statement.
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"Netanyahu has expressed his interest in progressing the proximity
talks, so they can reach direct talks as soon as possible," Hefetz
hosted Mitchell in Ramallah and while welcoming the start of
the US-sponsored “proximity talks,” delivered a number of letters
containing Palestinian complaints about Israel’s actions on the ground,
chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said.