JERUSALEM (AP) – Washington’s Mideast envoy is holding another meeting with Israel’s prime minister after failing to persuade Palestinians to return to peace talks.
An Israeli government official says U.S. envoy George Mitchell was speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu early Sunday.
Mitchell met separately with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas late last week.
Abbas has demanded Israel freeze all construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem before he resumes talks, which broke off more than a year ago.
The Palestinians claim those areas as part of a future state.
Netanyahu has agreed to slow construction in the West Bank, but not to halt it totally or impose any limitations in east Jerusalem.