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Israel, Palestinian peace talks meeting postponed
Published Wednesday 16/04/2014 (updated) 17/04/2014 10:44
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, an Israeli official said, days after a fatal shooting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on Palestinian leaders.

"The meeting that was planned for tonight between Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams will not be taking place. It's being postponed," the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The official declined to explain the decision, but said Monday's killing of an Israeli police officer in the West Bank "was the direct result of ongoing incitement and glorification of terrorism that we see in the official Palestinian media and education system."

Palestinian officials told AFP the meeting was being postponed to Thursday to allow for the arrival of US mediator Martin Indyk to the region.

On Monday evening, 47-year-old settler Baruch Mizrahi, a high-ranking officer in the intelligence division, was shot dead while driving with his family southwest of Idhna, a village outside Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Israel's army and police were still hunting for the suspected gunman on Wednesday, after carrying out extensive searches around Idhna.

Netanyahu said the "assassination is the result of the incitement to hatred by Palestinian Authority leaders who continue to peddle hate-filled material against Israel."

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Sunday, and held a trilateral meeting with Indyk on Thursday in a bid to try and save a stagnant peace process from crumbling.

The peace process has since last week suffered a new blow when Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the Palestinians' behalf, in retaliation for their diplomatic action against Israel at the United Nations.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed over 60 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the negotiations began.
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1 ) Conditions / Both Sides
16/04/2014 16:48
Both Sides have made Conditions that
- they can never give-up on, and
- the other Can Never Accept, so
There is No Point to any Further Talks !!

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
16/04/2014 16:55
What about the daily killing of Palestinians by IDF and isn't their life worth anything? Israeli govt or for that matter US always condems Palestinians who unfortunately are killed but FAIL to condemn innocent killing of Palestinains and also the Jordanian judge killed by IDF. Hypocrites! I hope that Palestinians are keeping notes of all these killings for ICC.

3 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
16/04/2014 19:29
62 Palestinians are killed since the "peace talks" started. "Israel" always blame the victims, no big deal, just kill them. Now 1 terrorist settler is killed and look what happens. Villages closed, arrest and torture, "peace talks" postponed. #2 you are so right, Palestinians (Muslims) are worth nothing to these mass murderers.

4 ) JoeFattal / USA
16/04/2014 21:23
@1, 2, and 3 I agree with all of you. But Israel has to continue the talk it buys them more time to add settlements, and also they have the other option which is the military. The Palestinians have to continue to talk, that's their only option, nothing going to come out of it while the Israelis are building enough settlements to house the whole world. Talks in a way are worthless to the Palestinians but beneficial to the Israelis with a US mediator on their side, they can talk forever.

5 ) @ Joe-4 / Wrong & Right
20/04/2014 03:54
You are Wrong about Israel, but Right about Palestinians, where: - Israel is a secure, sovereign, & prosperous state, even without peace, so it need NOT "continue the talk to buy time" or anything else, but You are Right about Palestinians, for - "talks are their only option", regardless of how unfavorable the terms, since they have Neither, security, sovereignty, prosperity, Nor statehood, and Time is against them too, since "more time buys more "settlements."
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