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Palestinians Reject New Talks Without Settlement Freeze

Palestinians met with international mediators and said they would only participate in new Middle East peace talks if Israel freezes settlement construction.

Palestinian negotiators Saeb Erakat and Mohammad Shtayyeh held two hours of talks at the United Nations offices in Jerusalem with envoy Tony Blair and other members of the so-called Middle East Quartet, which is comprised of the UN, the U.S., the European Union and Russia. The team later met with Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho, who reported no progress.