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US Middle East peace plan flounders

The White House has abandoned its attempts to pressure Israel to halt Jewish settlement construction as a means to kickstart peace talks after three weeks of failed negotiations.

The collapse of the talks is a frustrating blow to the Obama administration which offered billions of dollars in financial and diplomatic inducements to persuade the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to agree a three-month construction moratorium during which the Americans intended that the Israelis and Palestinians would reach an outline agreement on borders and put the settlement issue to rest.

Read more in The Guardian: US Middle East peace plan flounders.

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