Middle East Peace Talks Back On

Baby steps in the Middle East peace process: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume next week, with U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell scheduled to mediate the discussions. But don’t expect any breakthroughs: The talks will be indirect, with Mitchell meeting with one party at a time and there are no current plans for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to meet directly. “Ultimately, we want to see the parties in direct negotiations and working out all the difficult issues that they must," Clinton said.