German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, is ushered into a meeting by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, center, in a Jerusalem hotel, Israel, Tuesday, February 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman left Israel on Thursday for Rome to meet his US and Russian counterparts amid deadlock in peace talks with the Palestinians.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding Israel with returning Palestinian refugees.His remarks sparked a furious reaction from the Palestinians, who denounced his demand and said it had effectively put the final nail in the coffin of the talks. Before leaving for Italy, Lieberman again accused the Palestinians of undermining the negotiations.
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