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Israel has welcomed Abbas’ government and made a series of confidence-building gestures, while saying it is too early to resume negotiations on a final peace deal.

At Peres‘ meeting with the two foreign ministers, he asked them to help win the release of three Israeli soldiers held captive for more than a year by Islamic militants in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, according to Peres‘ office.

One soldier, Gilad Shalit, is being held by Hamas militants in Gaza, while the other two Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are held by Hezbollah in Lebanon.