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U.S. blamed for lapse in peace talks

<p><b>JERUSALEM.</b> Pointing an accusing finger at the United States,the Palestinians yesterday said Washington’s backing for Israelirefusal to halt Jewish settlement expansion had killed any hope ofreviving peace negotiations soon.</p>

JERUSALEM. Pointing an accusing finger at the United States, the Palestinians yesterday said Washington’s backing for Israeli refusal to halt Jewish settlement expansion had killed any hope of reviving peace negotiations soon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, buoyed by new-found support from the Obama administration, urged the Palestinians to “get a grip” and drop their settlement freeze precondition for restarting talks suspended since December.

 
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