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Israel urged to resume Palestinian talks

Sept. 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Israeli intelligence officials say Israel should consider resuming peace talks with Palestine to improve the country's diplomatic standing, documents reveal.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday the Foreign Ministry, Shin Bet security service and other agencies have issued documents recently calling for improved relations with Palestine in the face of changes in the Arab world and an expected United Nations vote on Palestine's status.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has reportedly said he fears Israel will be viewed as obstructionist if it does not improve diplomatic relations. Haaretz said Barak told Israel's security cabinet the country should be dealing with strategic issues involving Israel's standing in the region rather than symbolic issues of national honor.

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