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Jan252011

US: Palestinian Leaks Cause Difficulty; Deal Still 'Possible'

File Photo: Construction of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem caused peace talks to stop between Palestinian and Israeli leaders. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Al-Jazeera TV began releasing confidential documents Sunday that reportedly show major Palestinian concessions to Israel.  The documents consisting of communication between Palestinian, Israeli and U.S. leaders cover the years 2000-2010, according to BBC News.

The U.S. State Department maintains that the leaked documents may cause some difficulty in the peace process, but making a deal is "both possible and necessary."

Recent peace talks were suspended after Israel refused to halt the construction of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the leaks will likely make the the the situation "more difficult than it already was," but said that the U.S. has spoken to all the parties involved and that the objective remains the same.

"We continue to believe that a framework agreement is both possible and necessary, so we continue to work and engage the parties as we've done throughout the process," he said.

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