In an unprecedented — but eventually unrealized — diplomatic initiative to achieve peace in the Middle East, Japan considered brokering a summit between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jordan next month, government sources said Saturday.

The sources said the idea of brokering the peace summit emerged when the government was preparing for a visit to Egypt by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to attend a ceremony commemorating the completion of a Japanese-funded bridge across the Suez Canal.

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