WASHINGTON — The United States and other Mideast mediators meet Monday in Washington. The talks come as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process lies in shambles and an upcoming U.N. confrontation is anticipated over whether to admit Palestine as an independent country.
Modest goals have been set by the U.S., the United Nations, Russia and the European Union. Foremost is getting Israeli and Palestinian negotiators back to the table for direct talks after nine months of inaction.
But U.S. and other officials say neither side appears willing to commit to new discussions based on parameters that President Barack Obama outlined in a May speech: two states based on the territorial boundaries that existed before the 1967 Mideast war, with the sides swapping some territory to account for population shifts and security concerns.