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Inauspicious start to Washington talks

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Inauspicious start to Washington talks


Direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians are due to resume tomorrow.

Today featured bilateral meetings in Washington, and President Barack Obama had this to say about yesterday’s West Bank murders;

“The tragedy we saw yesterday, people were gunned down on the street by terrorists who are purposely trying to undermine this talks is an example of what we are up against.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau stood alongside, and that was all we saw of him. He made no declarations to the press.

The Palestinians’ Mahmoud Abbas sat for photographers alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before going in to see Obama.

The loudest noises in the Middle East peace process today were the roars of restarting bulldozer engines in Israeli settler camps in the occupied territories, in response to the killings.

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