WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) soon about peace talks and new settlement plans.
Clinton is waiting to hear his response to specific demands she made last week. Clinton made a terse call to Netanyahu after Israel announced a new settlement in east Jerusalem while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting.
In a statement, Netanyahu says Israel has proved its commitment to peace "in words and in deeds."
A State Department spokesman says Israel's failure to respond directly to Clinton has caused the cancellation of special Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell's planned visit to the region.
Mitchell was to begin indirect talks between Israel and Palestinians this week.
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