WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials say Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct peace negotiations.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing to make the announcement at the State Department Friday morning, according to two officials who spoke anonymously in advance of the announcement.

The Obama administration has been pushing for a speedy resumption of face-to-face negotiations that broke down in December 2008. U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell has been shuttling between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for months in a bid to get them to agree.