Israel's defense minister says "it's an urgent necessity" for his country and the Palestinians to find a way to resume negotiations on core issues leading to a peace deal.
Ehud Barak said he hopes a formula that moves beyond the current stalemate "will be found in coming few weeks in order to keep moving forward."
The Palestinians have said they won't negotiate without a freeze of Jewish settlement building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Barak said the problem is not the rate of construction, it's about reducing suspicions on both sides and restoring trust.
He said he asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting Thursday to use the U.N.'s influence to help in relaunching talks.
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- Ehud Barak