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Middle East peace talks begin in Jerusalem

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Middle East peace talks begin in Jerusalem


Little is known about the first direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in three years, as the meeting was shrouded in secrecy. Though both sides appeared cautious of any breakthroughs.

A video was released by the Israeli government showing chief negotiators, Yitzhak Molcho and Tzipi Livni of Israel and Saeb Erekat of the Palestinians shaking hands in an undisclosed location.

The meeting came just hours after Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal to revive the stalled talks.

A Palestinian official told a journalist at the Associated Press newsagency that both sides had agreed to meet weekly, alternating between Jerusalem and Jericho, located in the West Bank.

It is the occupied West Bank land which threatens to derail peace talks as Israel announced plans to build thousands more settlement homes in the disputed area as well as East Jerusalem.

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