Barak, PM meet Mitchell in TA

Leaders discuss ways of restarting direct talks with Palestinians.

BibiMitchellMeeting311 (photo credit: Matty STERN/U.S. EMBASSY TEL - AVIV)
BibiMitchellMeeting311
(photo credit: Matty STERN/U.S. EMBASSY TEL - AVIV)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak met US Middle East envoy George Mitchell in Tel Aviv Thursday. In the hour-long  meeting, Barak and Mitchell discussed ways of launching the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and applying them as a catalyst for starting direct talks.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also held discussions with Mitchell on both Wednesday and Thursday, but it remained unclear whether this was indeed the long-awaited start to US-mediated indirect talks.
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While Israel has said it agreed to the indirect proximity talks as a corridor into direct talks later, the Palestinian Authority is waiting for final approval from the PLO’s Central Committee.
“Until now we can’t say whether there’s an agreement [to resume the talks] or not,” PA President Mahmoud Abbas said after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Jordan on Wednesday.
Herb Keinon and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this story.