Plenty of diplomacy but slim hope for new Middle East peace push




 
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Plenty of diplomacy but slim hope for new Middle East peace push
 
October 23rd, 2015  
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Topic: Plenty of diplomacy but slim hope for new Middle East peace push


Plenty of diplomacy but slim hope for new Middle East peace push
By Luke Baker and Arshad Mohammed JERUSALEM/VIENNA (Reuters) - Flare-ups in violence between Israel and the Palestinians have often accelerated peace efforts - the first intifada led into the Oslo accords of the mid-1990s and the second gave rise to the Arab and Geneva peace initiatives. After three weeks in which Palestinians have stabbed or shot dead nine Israelis, and Israeli security forces have killed 50 Palestinians - half of them attackers, many of them teenagers - international efforts to quell the violence have picked up. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to the region this week, meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and held further talks with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman on Thursday.




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