Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is drafting a plan to break diplomatic deadlock in peace talks by offering Palestinians some limited “steps on the ground,” according to an unnamed Israeli official. The source went on to say that Netanyahu hasn’t abandoned the Obama administration’s goal of Israel achieving a statehood deal with the Palestinians, but that the Israeli prime minister is now aiming toward a “phased approach” at reaching that goal. Peace talks between Israel and Palestine were restarted by the U.S. in September, but broke down soon after when Israel refused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ demands that it cease all construction of settlements in the West Bank.
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