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Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed a pledge to negotiate "immediately and continuously" to reach a final peace agreement within a year in a joint declaration to be issued in 10 days at a key summit in the US.
But the draft declaration avoids going into detail on the core issues in the dispute. Israel has rejected any mention of the 1967 borders, seen by the Palestinians and many others as the indispensable basis for agreement. Expectations for success by next November are very low. But signs are multiplying that Syria and Saudi Arabia will both attend, giving wider Arab backing to the US effort.