July 30 - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators sit down for dinner together in Washington in an effort to resume peace talks. Julie Noce reports.
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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni sit down for dinner with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talk efforts.
Talks were held at an iftar dinner to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan on Monday evening at the State Department.
For the first time in nearly three years both sides agreed to come to the table with cautious expectations.
Earlier in the day Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni told Reuters she's hopeful but not necessarily optimistic.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI JUSTICE MINISTER TZIPI LIVNI SAYING:
"To be optimistic is something that we cannot afford. But there is some hope. And I hope that when in Israel they see the first meeting they will understand that we should not give up hope, and it is reachable and we need to do it, because it is in the Israeli interest. It is not a favor to the United States or to the Palestinians, this is something that we need to do."
The talks are expected to continue later on Tuesday and could last up to nine months.
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