Israeli President Shimon Peres calls for return to peace talks

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Mr. Peres has scheduled meetings with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, whose country maintains cordial ties with Israel under a peace treaty signed in 1994, and possibly Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also attending the WEF.

On his fourth visit to the Middle East since taking office in February, Mr. Kerry held talks with Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas last week. Jordanian officials said privately that Mr. Kerry was expected to meet with Mr. Peres and Mr. Abbas while in Jordan.

In a related development, a group of Israeli and Palestinian businessmen at the conference unveiled a plan to push their leaders to begin serious peace negotiations.

“We’re using our collective business experience and influence to convince leaders on both sides that peace is a must,” said Palestinian business tycoon Munib Masri.

Mr. Masri said he was leading the initiative, called “breaking the impasse,” along with Israeli high-tech guru Yossi Vardi. He said they would lobby both sides to make peace.

• Associated Press writer Jamal Halaby contributed to this article.

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