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US Pushes Palestine Economic Plan To Break Stalemate on Peace Talks

As the Palestinian-Israeli talks reach a political deadlock, US officials are promoting a $4 billion economic plan to develop the Palestinian territories.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his car after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, September 15, 2013. Kerry will meet with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in Jerusalem to discuss Middle East peace talks and the ongoing problems in Syria. REUTERS/Larry Downing (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX13LXS

The apparent failure of the ongoing secret Palestinian-Israeli talks appears to have led their US sponsors to put more emphasis on economic issues. A three-year plan has been drawn up by the US peace delegation working through the offices of the Quartet, still nominally headed by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Deputy Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa told the local wire service, Ma’an, that the US gave them a 200-page plan outlining their economic vision for the future of Palestine.

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