Obama's peacemaking effort faces steep odds for success

Obama's The first Middle East calm talks in nearly two years got off to a rapid start Thursday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian power President Mahmoud Abbas approving to meet again in two weeks and to begin work on the blueprint for a peace treaty.

Netanyahu and Abbas awarded unaccompanied for 90 minutes at the State Department next group meetings that included Escritoire of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. special envoy George Mitchell .

Some sense of hope, however, was tempered by the enormous challenges facing the Israelis, Palestinians and Americans and the risks of sensitive violence and radicalism if they once again fail to end the difference.

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