A statement from the US State Department has confirmed Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been invited to resume peace talks in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.
Today (US Secretary of State John) Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu and personally extended an invitation to send senior negotiating teams to Washington to formally resume direct final status negotiations.
Initial meetings are planned for the evening of Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30.
So far President Obama has watched from the sidelines. Is he ready to engage; to use his own authority, even if that risks failure?
For the first time in three years, both sides have agreed to sit down to discuss resuming peace negotiations, John Kerry said.