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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to meet Sunday
Published Sunday 13/04/2014 (updated) 14/04/2014 09:56
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A Jewish woman looks after children at a play ground in the
Jewish settlement of Beitar Elit at the Israeli occupied West Bank
on Aug. 12, 2013 (AFP Menahem Kahana)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to convene on Sunday in the latest attempt to save teetering peace talks, a Palestinian official told AFP.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat would meet his Israeli opposite number, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's special envoy Yitzhak Molcho during the afternoon, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There was no confirmation from the Israeli side.

The teams last met on Thursday in a session presided over by US envoy Martin Indyk, who has since returned to Washington for consultations while Israel observes the seven-day Passover holiday starting at sunset on Monday.

But following that meeting the peace process suffered a new blow when Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the Palestinian Authority's behalf, in retaliation for the PLO's recent application to accede to international treaties.

The monthly $111 million in taxes collected by Israel represents about two-thirds of the income received by the Palestinian Authority.

Israel was also suspending its participation with the Palestinians in developing a gas field off the Gaza Strip and putting a cap on Palestinian deposits in its banks, an Israeli official said.

The decision sparked concern in Washington.

"We've seen these press reports, but we have not seen an official public announcement by the Government of Israel," state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki briefed reporters on Friday.

"That said, we would regard such a development as unfortunate. We believe that the regular transfer of the Palestinian Authority's tax revenues and economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been beneficial and is important to the well-being of the Palestinian economy."

The talks hit an impasse two weeks ago when Israel refused to release as agreed a group of Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinians retaliated by seeking accession to 15 international treaties.
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1 ) In a DARK SECLUDED / PLACE
13/04/2014 18:00
where no one knows your face Hernando's hideaways/

2 ) mohamed / somalia
13/04/2014 18:13
to savethe peace they said .while the palestinian are losing on the ground he latest hebron ,large portion 242 hektar palestinian land in gush estion

3 ) Truth & / Lies
13/04/2014 18:30
This unconfirmed meeting seems very unlikely, since: -1- Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said there will be no further meetings. -2- Prime Minister Netanyahu said Palestinian negotiators (after their unilateral UN actions) must speak with the Military Coordinator in Judea/Samaria, and -3- PALESTINIANS WILL NOT BEG to talk, negotiate, or surrender, WHICH IS NOW THE ONLY WAY TO REAL STATEHOOD.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
13/04/2014 21:18
The talks hit an impasse two weeks ago when Palestinian leaders stated they would not continue the peace talks. Seeing that the Palestinians were about to leave talks, Israel refused to release a group of Palestinian prisoners whose release was conditional on both sides sitting and negotiating. The Palestinians counter-retaliated by seeking accession to 15 international treaties and Israel counter-counter retaliated, but asked the Palestinians to stop the treaty applications and continue talks.

5 ) WE / CAN
13/04/2014 22:12
LOVE

6 ) Roxanne / Belgium
15/04/2014 00:32
Right now words fail me, only why ?? - Surely they want peace.

7 ) @ We-5 / USA
15/04/2014 14:09
-1- One side does not even love their children enough, to keep their out of harms way, and instead sends them to fight soldiers with stones, and
-2- The other side will release murders just to restart peace talks,
or 1,000 prisoners just to secure the release of one of their own, so
-3- It seems theat ONLY ONE SIDE "CAN LOVE".
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