Israelis, Palestinians Resume High-Level Talks –

Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday held their first cabinet-level talks since conservative leader Binyamin Netanyahu took over as prime minister in March, a tentative overture as the United States pushes for a full resumption of peace talks.The meeting between Palestinian economy minister Bassem Khoury and Israel’s deputy prime minister, Silvan Shalom, was held to discuss economic cooperation between the two sides — something Netanyahu has emphasized since assuming office.

the two sides had agreed to meet regularly from here on and establish working groups to tackle specific problems. A recent International Monetary Fund report said the West Bank economy was on track to grow 7 percent this year, and Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev said the aim is to help it “reach double digits” in 2010.

Washington Post


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