Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever

08/21/2010 09:19 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • ETHAN BRONNER New York Times

The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by both governments. But just below the surface there was an almost audible shrug. There is little confidence -- close to none -- on either side that the Obama administration's goal of reaching a comprehensive deal in one year can be met.

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