The Israeli and Palestinian leaders met Feb. 19 amid growing dissonance over the content of their talks and the kind of agreement they are trying to achieve. Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met in the evening at Olmert’s official residence, first accompanied by their negotiating teams and then alone. Olmert and Abbas have met twice a month since attending the American-sponsored peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in late November. There, they pledged to begin negotiations on all the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “in order to conclude a peace treaty,” and to “make every effort to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008.” (NYT)

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