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Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Palestinian official Saeb Erekat will meet Sunday the Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni  in the occupied city of Jerusalem,  in an attempt to save negotiations process .

The meeting will be held  in the presence of Martin Indik, the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.

This meet  considered the second one of its kind since the talks capitulated into crisis last Wednesday when the Israeli occupation refused to release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners unless it had assurances the Palestinians would continue negotiations beyond an initial deadline of the end of April.

 Last Thursday, Indyk met with Erekat and Livni separately in an effort to revive the negotiations.

The US-brokered peace talks veered toward collapse this week, prompting a warning from secretary of state John Kerry on Friday that Washington was evaluating whether it was worth continuing its role in the negotiations.

Talks resumed under Kerry's intensive brokerage in July, after a three-year stalemate. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met regularly for direct talks, but the US stepped up its involvement in the past few months. The talks have struggled from the start, stalling over Palestinian opposition to Israel's demand that it be recognized as a Jewish state, and over Israeli settlements, internationally deemed illegal, in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, lands captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

 

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