POSTED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 3:57am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 4:04am
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) -- As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prepared for a second round of negotiations Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the "time is ripe" for Mideast peace.
The most immediate dispute between the two sides surrounds a soon-to-expire curb on new construction for Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Palestinians want the curb extended beyond the current Sept. 26 deadline, but Netanyahu has suggested at least some of the restraints will be lifted. Clinton said Monday the Obama administration believes Israel should extend the moratorium, but she also said it would take an effort by both sides to find a way around the problem.