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Mitchell meets with Israelis as settlement issue looms

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US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell met with Israeli leaders Wednesday as part of his ongoing push to restart stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. Though US officials did not mention if Mr. Mitchell discussed a settlement freeze with the Israeli officials, the special Middle East envoy said it was a "good meeting."

The session, which took place in New York City, came after Mitchell's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in London.

Peace talks were suspended late last year due to a disagreement about the future of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. President Barack Obama and many European leaders have called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to halt construction of the settlements. So far Israeli officials have refused.

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