Jordan Valley emerges as core issue in Mideast peace talks

By William Booth, Ruth Eglash, January 25, 2014

MASUA, West Bank — An Israeli general in wrap-around sunglasses climbed a rocky cliff and surveyed the Jordan Valley below. The river crawled like a lazy green serpent across a khaki desert, the valley floor dotted with Palestinian villages and Jewish settlements, and their fish ponds, mint greenhouses and plantations of date palm.

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