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Clinton discusses Egypt, Iran with Israel

Mon July 16, 2012 8:01pm

"Obviously, every day that goes by where there is not a peace agreement is a day, that leaves us unsatisfied," the State Department official told reporters.

The fact that the two sides had not yet reached the point of inking a deal was "a testament to the difficulty of the challenge", he said.

"But the fact that we're still at it is a testament to just how important the issue is to us, and to her personally," the official said.

The Palestinians are demanding that Israel halt construction on land they want for a future state and accept a framework for talks on borders, but Israel is looking for an immediate return to talks without preconditions.

Peres insisted that building peace "takes time".

"But we shouldn't give up hope, we shouldn't stop, we should be insistent, we should be determined, the Palestinians don't have a better alternative, we don't have a better alternative," he said.

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