Mideast talks restart after three years

AFP-JIJI

Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct talks for the first time in three years on Monday, with the United States urging negotiators to make tough compromises to reach a peace deal.

Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erakat, sat side by side opposite U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to share a traditional Muslim iftar meal.

Kerry first met with the teams separately. He will host a three-way meeting on Tuesday before making a statement to reporters.