Mitchell and Netanyahu discussing direct negotiations

US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell was meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening, prior to Netanyahu's trip to Washington. The two are expected to discuss the possibility of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu is expected to tell Mitchell that Israel is ready to talk directly with the Palestinians if there are not preconditions. Israel Radio reported that the prime minister will not accept the precondition of extending the settlement building freeze beyond September