Mediators face uphill battle in Israeli-Palestinian morass

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks into binoculars as he visits a military outpost on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm during a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, in a high-profile gambit to bring an end to a monthlong wave of violence. (Haim Horenstein/Pool Photo via AP)JERUSALEM (AP) — A surprise Mideast mediation effort by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon underscores the world community’s desire to stamp out the new flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence. But diplomacy faces an uphill battle with both sides deadlocked on the big issues and the current leaders being dragged along.

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