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Israeli President Shimon Peres recently warned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that continuing the deadlock in negotiations with Israel could lead to a third intifada and that in delaying, Abbas was “playing with fire.”

Yesterday, U.S. special envoy George Mitchell came to the region in another attempt to jump-start talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

At a meeting at the President’s Residence on Sunday, Peres told Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store about his discussions with Abbas.

Store told Peres that Israel should take more steps to support Abbas. “Abu Mazen [Abbas] is vulnerable and feels hurt, and his position needs to be bolstered by American support,” Store said . Haaretz

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