PM to give Palestinians 6-9 months to negotiate

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that he would be willing to give the Palestinians six to nine months to see if they are willing to negotiate before he moves to unilateral steps. In a dinner attended by the two, Olmert restated his commitment to the US-endorsed Road Map, Israel Radio reported. The two met early Tuesday morning to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the status of the Palestinian Authority and the Iranian nuclear program.