U.S. Pushed Peace Talks to Avoid Israeli-Palestinian 'Train Wreck' at UN, Says White House Official

Disagreements remain ahead of the next round of talks, with the Palestinians demanding immediate discussion of border issues, while Israel is insisting that security coordination be brought to the table first and foremost; nevertheless, U.S. official says opening session was 'excellent'.

Fears of fierce battle within the UN General Assembly between Israelis and Palestinians in September was one of the primary reasons for the sense of urgency to renew negotiations between the two sides, a senior White House official said during a press briefing on Wednesday.