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Israel Halts Peace Talks with Palestine
May 12, 2014

Israel halted peace talks with the Palestinians following their unity deal with Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised the agreement between the rival factions as a move that kills peace, but Palestinian officials blamed Israeli settlement activity for killing off the process. He said, the pact with Hamas kills peace

Recently, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the internationally recognised representative of the Palestinian people and the Gaza Strip's Islamist Hamas rulers signed a reconciliation agreement. They agreed to form a national consensus government soon.

In response, Israel's security cabinet announced it would not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas and vowed unspecified measures in response. Any new measures would follow a raft of financial sanctions when the Palestinians applied to adhere to 15 international treaties.

The US envoy Martin Indyk has repeatedly met both sides to try to salvage the negotiations. US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted peace talks could still advance if the sides compromised. Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas said he will not extend the negotiations unless Israel agrees to freeze all settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem. He has also demanded an immediate start to negotiations on the future borders of the Palestinians' promised state.

Israel has dismissed all three conditions as unacceptable.


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