US diplomats meet with Israeli foreign minister
Published Sunday 23/03/2014 16:17
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Two US diplomats met with the Israeli minister of justice in Jerusalem on Saturday, according to Israeli media.
US Special Envoy Martin Indyk and Ambassador Dan Shapiro met with Tzipi Livni in a final attempt to prevent collapse of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the Hebrew-language news site Walla reported.
Other US officials met with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat last week.
A Palestinian official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Walla that the US has been exerting heavy pressure on the PLO to extend peace negotiations.
Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse.
Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed 60 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the talks began.