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Hillary Clinton winds up Mideast trip: no deal, some hope

Hillary Clinton, in Jordan, expresses confidence in Abbas and Netanyahu, but analysts warn of risks to US if talks falter. Israel is still resisting pressure to extend moratorium on settlement construction.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boards her plane at the airport, at the end of her trip, in Amman, Jordan, Sept. 16.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton concluded her Middle East trip Thursday without a deal to keep direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority going past the end of the month – but with signs that a compromise might yet be found over an expiring Israeli moratorium on settlement activity.

Secretary Clinton wrapped up three days of talks in the region in Jordan, where she said her meetings in Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had “convinced” her that “this is the time and these are the leaders to achieve the result we all seek.”

At the same time, special Middle East envoy George Mitchell was traveling to Syria and Lebanon, underscoring the Obama administration’s effort to achieve not just an Israeli-Palestinian accord but a comprehensive regional peace agreement.

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