Israel and the Palestinians are poised to resume peace talks as early as next week, ending a year-long moratorium, after Arab leaders agreed to allow the US to act as a go-between.
The Arab League approved four months of "indirect proximity talks" brokered by US Middle East envoy George Mitchell who will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah next week to make the final arrangements.
It means that rather than sit down together, representatives of the two sides will sit separately while a US negotiator shuttles between them to enable discussion, albeit through a third party.
The talks are likely to be held over a series of meetings in the Middle East and the United States. Israel will be represented by lawyer Yitzhak Molcho and the Palestinian envoy will be chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Palestinian leaders will meet in Ramallah this weekend to make their final decision on the proposal.
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