Peace Talks Resume Amid Violence in Gaza Strip

The first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years got off to a shaky start Wednesday after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas restarted the effort at a peace conference two weeks ago in Annapolis, Md. At Wednesday’s meeting at a Jerusalem hotel, Olmert and Abbas set a target of December 2008 for a peace agreement that would end six decades of conflict. But the two sides encountered troubles early during the session, which lasted just 90 minutes, with Palestinians criticizing Israel for a construction project planned in east Jerusalem and military activity in the Gaza Strip, and Israel complaining about continued rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Full Story

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