Official: Israelis, Palestinians begin peace talks
by Josef Federman, Associated Press
August 14, 2013 02:10 PM | 533 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A released Palestinian prisoner Esmat Mansour, center, waves a flag as he is cheered at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Aug. 14 , 2013. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A released Palestinian prisoner Esmat Mansour, center, waves a flag as he is cheered at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Aug. 14 , 2013. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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A Palestinian opens fire while celebrating the release of Nehad Jondiya, unseen, upon his arrival to his family house in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian opens fire while celebrating the release of Nehad Jondiya, unseen, upon his arrival to his family house in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has begun.

It is the first substantive talks between the sides in nearly five years.

The Israeli government released a brief video showing the chief negotiators shaking hands. It gave no further details on the whereabouts of the meeting.

The official said the talks were taking place in Jerusalem. The official refused to give further details and spoke on condition of anonymity, as no one had immediate authorization to publicly discuss the talks.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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