Palestinian leaders in the West Bank have agreed to restart indirect talks with Israel, although the continuing expansion of illegal Israeli settlements remains a major sticking point.
Known as proximity talks, the negotiations will be mediated by George Mitchell, the US special envoy to the Middle East, in a bid to narrow the differences between Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.
But opinions are divided on the proximity talks among Palestinians themselves, with Hamas leaders in Gaza saying the talks are an Israeli trap.
Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports.
Source: Al Jazeera