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Israel: Differences Remain Ahead of Meeting w/U.S. Envoy

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says
differences remain with the U.S. over resuming peace talks with the
Palestinians.

But Netanyahu says he hopes Israel can work out those differences and move the peace process forward.

He made the comments before flying to Cairo for talks with Egypt's president, a main mediator on efforts to restart peace talks.

He also spoke ahead of his meeting with U.S. envoy George Mitchell later this week.

The Obama administration is pressing Israel to halt construction in West Bank settlements.

Mitchell says the purpose of his Mideast visit is to work out an agreement on such issues.

Palestinians call the West Bank part of their future state.

They say they won't resume peace talks without a settlement freeze.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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