|U.S. State Department Spokesman|
"We don't believe it's a good idea, we don't believe it's helpful," said US State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in September, 2010, but collapsed shortly afterwards when Israel refused to extend a moratorium on settlement building in the occupied territories. Israel has insisted that all issues, including the settlements, should be hammered out in direct talks.
Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas has said that he will seek recognition at the United Nations for an independent state in September.
But the United States, which has shepherded the peace process, continues to insist that only a fully-negotiated agreement with Israel on a "two-state solution" can lead to a durable peace between the two countries.
"We continue to press both sides to begin talking again in direct negotiations," Toner said.