Middle East peace talks: Q&A

The effort by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, to get Israelis and Palestinians to peace talks set a deadline of nine months, which expired today. In reality, however, Israel suspended talks last week over the agreement signed between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the leadership of the Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza. The aim of the accord between the rival Palestinian factions was to produce a national unity government and new elections.

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