"Israel believes that the core issues to the conflict can only be resolved in the framework of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Having said that, we have agreed that in the framework of the proximity talks there can be preliminary discussions on the core issues." - Anonymous Israseli official (Boston Globe, 2 May 2010) This is the basic Israeli position, so Mitchell should not be surprised. Of course, Israel prevents the start of DIRECT talks by the continued construction in East Jerusalem and even the West Bank. If Obama wants talks to move ahead, he should apply some REAL ressure on Netanyahu when they meet on Monday.
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from the article: U.S. frustrated with Netanyahu over stalled proximity talks