Israeli and Palestinian leaders may meet next...

Israeli and Palestinian leaders may meet next week

By Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press 

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Israeli and Palestinian officials say they expect Israel's new deputy prime minister, Shaul Mofaz, to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas early next week in a bid to restart peace talks.
Negotiations have been frozen for nearly four years. The Palestinians want Israel to halt settlement construction on occupied lands before talks can resume. Israel wants negotiations to start without any preconditions.
An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given his deputy, Shaul Mofaz, the green light for the meeting. Palestinian officials say they are ready to listen to Mofaz's ideas for resuming dialogue.
Deputy prime minister minister Mofaz has been a strong proponent of pushing forward the peace process based on two-states and even developed his own peace plan 2009. 
Shaul Mofaz, a candidate to succeed Ehud Olmert as Israel's prime minister
Deputy Prime Minister an leader of the Kadima party, Shaul Mofaz (photo credit GETTY)