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'Hamas are the elephant in the room'

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Israelis and the Palestinians will sit down in Washington today to try again to move towards a resolution of their conflict.

Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen outlines the history of peace negotiations and the current position of Palestinian settlements in Israel.

Professor of politics Beverley Milton-Edwards explains where Hamas stands in the peace talks.


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