Clinton urges immediate dialogue on Middle East

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume dialogue immediately even as unrest roils the region.
The two parties “are trying to analyze what this means for their future position,” Clinton told PBS televisio .But “I would hope — and President (Barack) Obama has said that he will continue to press both sides, which is what we believewe have to do — that everyone would realize that negotiations arethe only way, but more than that, they are an immediate need.”
Clinton stressed that “it is in the best interest of both the Israelis and the Palestinians, even in the midst of everything going on in the region, to try to turn to the hard work” of negotiating a settlement.
The last US effort to jumpstart the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue on a two-state solution has been bogged down since September as Israel refuses to freeze new settlements in occupied territories.