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Peace this time?

Leaders in both Israel and the Palestinian territories are more likely to sign a final agreement this time around.

By Toby Greene  

US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Tzipi Livni in May this year (U.S. Department of State)

Despite reasonable scepticism at the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the chances for a successful negotiation process could be better this time round.

There are leaders on both sides in stable political positions, each with teams of experienced negotiators. Hamas and Hezbollah are on the back foot, and Arab regional players have given their backing. The EU and Britain need to help ensure that making a deal is better than the…

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