Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Little Progress Expected in Talks Mubarak, Netanyahu Are Meeting in Egypt

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Little Progress Expected in Talks Mubarak, Netanyahu Are Meeting in Egypt

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Israel and the Palestinians played down expectations Monday that a summit between Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would break an impasse over Israeli settlement construction.

Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath said the meeting, scheduled for today, could succeed only if the prime minister "does what needs to be done to put the peace process back on track - and that is to freeze all settlement activities."

Israel-Palestinian talks have been deadlocked since Israel broke ground in mid-March for a housing project for Jews on disputed land in Jerusalem. The Palestinians demand a halt to the construction before talks resume, but Israel insists it has the right to build anywhere in the city. "I am not going to change any policy, nor will the government, nor will this city," Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, a member of Parliament from Netanyahu's Likud Party, said Monday. "We will build 6,500 units that will be occupied by Jewish residents. …

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