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U.S. To Mediate Israel-Palestinian Talks

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders Monday, although expectations for the meeting have lowered since it was first discussed. Rice will talk with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with informal discussions, not negotiations, the primary objective.

According to Reuters, the U.S. would like to discuss challenging issues, such as the parameters of a potential Palestinian state. Any discussions must stay true to Quartet conditions, say both the U.S. and Israel. These conditions were set by the Quartet of Middle East mediators, which includes the U.S, the UN, the EU and Russia. Among these conditions is the renouncement of violence, which Israel stressed as essential.

A BBC news report focused on the coalition between Fatah and Hamas, which happened within the last week. The two rival factions had been fighting violently before the agreement. The next step will be for Palestine to recognize Israel so that a new Palestinian state will be able to coexist peacefully with Israel.

Each article was highly informative and does a good job of reporting on the critical information. Each article was also timely, since they were able to inform people of what to expect in the future. The articles were good background pieces which will lead in nicely to future reports.