Mitchell, Netanyahu huddle on peace efforts

The special US envoy tasked with jump-starting flagging peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians huddled Thursday with designated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The meeting was the first between Netanyahu and George Mitchell since Netanyahu was tapped to lead Israel's next government. The Obama administration has dispatched Mitchell to the region for the second time in its first month, reflecting its resolve to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Hillary Rodham Clinton is due in the area next week on her first trip since being appointed the new US secretary of state. Mitchell arrived in Israel on Thursday from Turkey and headed straight into a meeting with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni before sitting down with Netanyahu.