One thing certain in this conflict. You can bank on Israel saying one thing publically and then doing another on the ground. They have shown tremendous consistency in this regard. Here too. Israel says it is prepared to negotiate with no preconditions. Then they qulaify that by making clear that certain topics will not be discussed and other will not be discussed now. They agree to a 10 month freeze, which then is so qualified as to make the feigned agreement meaningless. What does Mitchell have to discuss in these proposed "indirect discussions"? Until now, Israel has used every occasion for stalling purposes and little else and during that time of supposed bilateral talks, they continue to entrench their expansionism. Where is the will on the part of Mitchell to make Israel tow the line and meet its obligations? Until that time any talk of "indirect" will be as unermined by Israel as has every other attempt at solution of this burning problem.
At least 1,000 Israeli Arabs protest death of Palestinian infant in deadly West Bank arson (Haaretz)
from the article: Palestinians seeks U.S. clarification on proposal to renew Mideast talks