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While trying to reassure Israel all of America's quote unshakable commitment to its security.
Secretary Leon Panetta also pressed the Israelis to do more diplomatically with its Arab neighbors.
And avoid becoming even more isolated in the region and Panetta said a good place to start is to come back to peace talks with the Palestinians.
We can't get him to the -- people.
Two to at least sit down and Begin.
To discuss their differences you know we we all know with the -- story here to a potential agreement.
-- talked about it worked through.
We understand the concerns.
But -- Middle East analysts said that criticism may give Israel's enemies a boost.
When the raw onions and Hamas and Hezbollah would read the statement they would understand it as.
America is frustrated with Israel so this is not gonna encourage the radicals -- on the tables got -- actually support the idea of them becoming more radical than ever.
Israel says the Palestinians are not serious negotiators.
-- -- -- secretary Panetta -- meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in October.
A spokesman for Netanyahu said today that the Palestinians are quote playing diplomatic gains to try to cover their position.
Which -- to boycott Israel and to refuse to enter negotiations.
The Palestinians say they're ready to resume talks if Israel stops building settlements in parts of the West Bank.
In Washington Molly Henneberg Fox News.
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