U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell is in Israel for another attempt to revive peace talks ahead of this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting. Mitchell's meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders are expected to focus on the issue of Israeli civilians who are building homes on Israeli-occupied territory.
On Sunday, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Palestinians will not compromise in their demands for a halt to all settlement construction. The United States also has asked Israel to freeze settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel say the construction is necessary to accommodate population growth.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo Sunday to discuss reviving peace talks with the Palestinians. Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday that despite some progress, there are still unresolved issues with the United States.
U.S. envoy Mitchell is trying to arrange a three-way meeting among U.S., Israeli and Palestinian officials on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week in New York.