White House Seeks Short-Term Fixes in Mideast – NYTimes.com

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun setting the stage for a new phase of Middle East diplomacy with a more modest goal: get the parties talking at any level to avoid a dangerous vacuum until Plan B emerges. Mrs. Clinton began sketching out this approach Tuesday in a speech and meetings with Arab foreign ministers.

It is not clear what contacts between Israelis and Palestinians the administration has in mind, though they would be at a lower level than Mr. Abbas and Mr. Netanyahu. Nor has the shape of an alternative strategy to rekindle peace talks emerged, according to senior officials,

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