Israel and Palestinians lay foundations for peace talks

After more than three years of stalemate, Israel and Palestinians have agreed to sit down to discuss resuming peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Speaking in Jordan he said the agreement was still being formalised, but that there were plans to meet next week for initial talks.

We have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The agreement is still in the process of being formalized.

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Israel approves 1000 new settlements

The Israeli Government has approved up to 1000 new settlements three days before peace talks with the Palestinians resume in Jerusalem.