Will the Middle East negotiations achieve anything?
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations for the first time in 20 months, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. What does this mean for the Middle East?
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington on 2 September to start the year-long talks.
But correspondents say prospects of a comprehensive deal are slim.
Sensitive areas - including the construction of Jewish settlements on occupied territory, the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a future Palestinian state - will be difficult to overcome.
In which areas can a compromise be achieved? How optimistic should we feel about these talks? Is a year of negotiations long enough?
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