US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Washington was evaluating whether it was worth continuing its role in Middle East peace talks, signalling his patience with the Israelis and Palestinians was running out.
Middle East peace talks could be extended beyond their April deadline, Israel`s Defence Minister said on Tuesday, insisting current negotiations were aimed solely at providing a framework for final talks.
Spain has asked Israel to take "necessary steps" to begin a dialogue with the Palestinians as soon as possible, even as Lebanon warned of an "implosion" in the Middle East if a new peace process fails.
US President Barack Obama has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet him at the White House, even as the Israeli leader rebuffed a key US demand to halt settlement construction in east Jerusalem.
The Palestinians have asked the Obama administration to clarify a US envoy`s proposal to restart long-stalled peace talks with Israel indirectly by shuttling between the two sides, the Palestinian
President has said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he expects peace talks with the Palestinians to resume in the coming weeks, nudged on by the United States, after being stalled for more than a year.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signalled a readiness to resume peace talks with Israel if the United States were to set out specific goals for negotiations, official Palestinian news agency Wafa said on Saturday.
Negotiations to resolve the West Asia crisis cannot resume until Israel stops its Jewish settlements and other activities in East Jerusalem, a top Palestinian envoy to the UN has said, warning of a possible religious war.