Israel announced Sunday it backs the Middle East Quartet's call for direct talks with Palestinian leaders to resume this month, according to CNN.
But Israeli officials fear that Palestine will be less willing to negotiate issues after the borders are redrawn, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally requested the United Nations recognize Palestinian statehood because Palestinians are tired of waiting for the Israeli negotiations to complete, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Leon Panetta, U.S. secretary of defense, left for Israel Sunday to voice the U.S.'s objections.
U.S. and European leaders have disagreed with both sides's moves as obstacles to peace, according to the Los Angeles Times.