The quest for peace in the Middle East has been going on for generations now, and it never seems to get much easier — as was apparent in a seemingly inconclusive meeting in London between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
The two men — and the nations they represent — have been searching for months for a way to resolve differences over Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The U.S. has been pushing hard for an Israeli settlement freeze, and the Palestinians are refusing to restart peace talks until Israel halts all construction there.
Despite their failure to reach agreement again on Wednesday, the two sides will resume talks in Washington next week.
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Daniel Levy, a senior research fellow for the New America Foundation and a former advisor to the Israeli government, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the U.S. and Israeli positions and prospects for a broader Middle East peace deal.