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President Shimon Peres called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday to discuss efforts to restart the peace process.

Sources said Peres asked Abbas to agree to resume negotiations with Israel and to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Officials at the President's Residence refused to comment on the report.

Netanyahu told the security cabinet Wednesday that Israel aims to resume talks shortly, despite obstacles such as the possibility of Palestinian elections in the near future. He said the race is radicalizing the Palestinian Authority position on Israel and making it difficult to renew talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Wednesday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and asked him to pressure Abbas to resume negotiations with Israel.

Meanwhile, top Obama administration officials have said in recent days that the United States is considering changing its strategy on the peace process in light of the stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The U.S. officials said the new goal should be more modest, slower progress.