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U.S. Partners in Peace Talks Unpopular

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U.S. Partners in Peace Talks Unpopular

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U.S. Partners in Peace Talks Unpopular

U.S. Partners in Peace Talks Unpopular

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves Jerusalem for London to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah. She's continuing efforts to smooth the way for an Arab-Israeli peace conference next month back in the U.S. in Maryland.

"This is the most serious effort to try to tend this conflect in many, many years," says Rice.

But pulling off a successful summit will be a huge challenge. Rice's partners, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, are politically weak and unpopular. Olmert is now the most investigated leader in Israeli history. He faces three separate, criminal probes into alleged financial corruption. Those investigations threaten to overshadow the nascent peace talks.

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