Mediators to meet _ but Israel, Palestinians won't

December 6, 2011 - 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the U.S. and other Mideast mediators will gather next week in another effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

There is little hope of restarting direct negotiations between the sides, let alone a breakthrough on national borders or security arrangements in a two-state peace agreement.

The quartet of mediators also includes Russia, the European Union and the U.N.

Officials said the meeting was planned for Dec. 14 in Jerusalem.

The mood is decidedly pessimistic. Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian attempts to win recognition as a state are souring the environment for progress. An added hurdle is the looming U.S. election season and the bind it is putting on the Obama administration to pressure either side.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of diplomacy.