A three-party summit involving the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the first in more than four years, ended Monday with no tangible headway. From Jerusalem, Jeffrey Brown interviews local reporters about the weekend's meetings and prospects for peace.
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The three-way talks got under way this morning at Jerusalem's David Citadel Hotel. After a brief picture-taking session, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
This was supposed to be the first attempt in some six years to restart talks on the so-called final status issues, the ones that have been hardest to resolve: the future of Jerusalem, the borders of a Palestinian state, and the rights of Palestinian refugees.
But with so much uncertainty in the air after recent events, it was clear, even as the talks got under way, that expectations had been dramatically lowered.
Fighting in recent months between Palestinian factions representing Fatah and Hamas, which won last year's election, left more than 100 dead. A deal to stop the fighting and form a unity government was reached earlier this month in Mecca.
For Palestinians, that raised new hopes of speaking with one voice. For Israelis and the U.S., it caused new concerns, as the unity government announcement said nothing about recognizing Israel or renouncing violence.