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The United States does not have the option of withdrawing from the peace process, America’s top Middle Eastern diplomat told the House of Representatives International Relations Committee. Martin Indyk, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, told lawmakers that “it may be necessary to take a timeout from the peace process if we cannot bring this particular effort to a successful conclusion.” When asked about a French- Egyptian proposal for an international peace conference, Indyk said the United States opposes such an idea, but that it would be difficult to resist if the peace talks break down.