Rice 'tremendously impressed' by Israeli, Palestinian resolve

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that Israel and the Palestinians are "moving toward an understanding" that a US-sponsored conference can be a forum to restart long-stalled peace talks. Rice, speaking at a news conference with Palestinian Authority Presidnet Mahmoud Abbas, also said she was "tremendously impressed by the seriousness" Israeli and Palestinian leaders have shown in moving toward renewed peace talks.