(NBCNC) - Mideast peace talks resume today in Washington.
Israel and Palestinians haven't sat down together since 2010, when the U.S. tried to broker peace but the talks fell apart over Israeli settlements.
Talks begin tonight at the state department with a very small group hoping this time they'll reach an agreement.
What happens tonight at the state department is just a start, and we may not hear a lot about what's going on inside. "The best way to give these negotiations a chance is to keep them private," said Secretary of State John Kerry.
Today four people - including Israel's justice minister and the Palestinians' chief negotiator - begin laying out a plan for how they'll negotiate. "Both sides will have to make a significant concession," said Israeli Intelligence Minister, Yuval Steinitz.
Israel already did agreeing to gradually release 104 Palestinian prisoners after talks begin.
That sparked protests from Israelis and this demonstration in Gaza from Palestinians who don't want to see peace talks move forward. "Israel is going to continue to build settlements while negotiations take place. This would undermine completely any potential for the success of such negotiations," said Palestinian Activist Mustafa Barghouti.
Others are optimistic. "I think it's about time. It should have happened a long time ago," said Israeli Citizen Itzik Kushel.
Soon to jump into the middle of all this is our former ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.
He's expected to be named as the administration's new Middle East envoy - possibly as early as today.