Quartet Report Likely to Recommend Renewal of Direct Israeli-Palestinian Talks

The Jerusalem Post reports: The long-awaited Quartet report on the Middle East is expected to include a recommendation that Israel and the Palestinians begin bilateral negotiations, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

If so, the report would endorse Jerusalem’s longstanding position that only direct talks can succeed, rather than the French call for an international conference.

Both the Quartet report and the French initiative are expected to be high on the agenda of talks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to hold in Rome Sunday evening and Monday with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The meetings will take place in the shadow of Britain’s historic vote on Thursday to leave the EU. Netanyahu is not expected to meet with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, though a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is scheduled.

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