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Palestinians don’t expect much in Israel talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians are downplaying expectations ahead of their first meeting with Israelis in more than a year.

The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, and Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho are set to meet in Jordan on Tuesday in a bid to get peace talks restarted. Negotiations have been stalled since September 2010.

Erekat told reporters in the West Bank on Monday that he doesn’t expect any breakthroughs unless Israel agrees to halt settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. He also says Israel must accept its 1967 lines as the basis for a future border.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war.

Israel rejects the Palestinian demands and says peace talks should resume without preconditions.

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