- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 13:00
On Thursday, 21st June, Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz, met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House and said that Israel's new coalition government will help in resuming negotiations with Palestinians and advance the peace process.
Mofaz told the Haaretz Israeli newspaper, that the American administration is encouraging and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian talks, and that resuming negotiations this time would be without preconditions.
For the past week, Secretary of state Hillary Clinton has been contacting officials from the two political sides to persuade them to return to negotiations, starting by setting a meeting between Mofaz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
She also held meetings with Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mofaz, Israel's lead negotiator, Yitzhak Molcho and she spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas.
U.S. officials said that the recent incidents that happened in Palestine, including the announcements to construct new Israeli settlement and the attacks from Gaza into Israel were not a good start to build up and improve prospects for talks.