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-- stalled Middle East peace talks resumed tonight here in the US secretary of state John Kerry is hosting a working dinner.
For senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.
Senior White House foreign affairs correspondent Wendell Goler.
Coming back to the negotiating table -- is just -- first step along a much traveled and often bumpy road.
The agreement -- nine months of talks on the hardest issues -- Borders Israeli security Palestinian refugee rights and the future of Jerusalem I know the negotiations are going to be tough.
But I also know that the consequences of not trying.
Could be worse.
Secretary of state Kerry has made six trips to the Middle East since taking office earlier this year.
But he says it was president Obama's visit in March that set the stage for renewed peace talks.
In a written statement today mr.
Obama said the trip quote reinforced my belief that peace is both possible and necessary.
The Palestinians demanded the release of more than 100 prisoners serving time for 1980s and ninety's attacks on soldiers women and children.
There were bitter protests in Jerusalem of the release of people with blood on their hands but Israel's cabinet voted in favor -- -- The -- and ended.
These people who is a terrible history but we have to do what we have keep doing those -- make explosives.
Progress there were also protests in Ramallah where Palestinians complained about Israel's demand that the prisoners be released -- -- -- groups as the peace talks progress.
This is an act of blackness that the other ladies would be used as an instrument of blackmailing the Palestinian negotiating -- The Palestinians also claimed that Israel would not agree to suspend settlement construction or use pre 1967.
Borders as the starting point for the talks.
-- in Daly a former US ambassador to Israel will leave the US effort -- helped broker a deal that came close to winning agreement.
In the last year of the Clinton administration because he knows what has worked.
And he knows what has -- perfect.
And he knows how important it is to get this right.
The effort will begin tonight -- and gifts -- dinner here at the state department of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni representing the Israelis.
And negotiator Saeb Erekat the Palestinians the talks will continue tomorrow and if there's enough progress durable announce where and when the talks will resume.
In the Middle East Brett.
The -- allowed the State Department Wendell thank you.
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