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Israeli envoys to US for talks on peacemaking

JERUSALEM (AP) - Officials say Israeli envoys are heading to Washington for talks meant to lay the groundwork for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak will head to the U.S. on Tuesday to meet with Washington's special Mideast envoy, George Mitchell.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will hold separate talks with Mitchell later this week.

President Barack Obama met with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York last week in a bid to get peacemaking moving.

The Palestinians say they won't resume talks unless Israel freezes all settlement construction.

But Israel has refused to halt all building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

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