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Palestinians Frustrated As Israel Stalls Peace Talks

Palestinian leaders have made several complaints to the media about the lack of progress in the peace talks with Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London September 8, 2013, to discuss the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX13D5A

A quick roundup of statements by Palestinian leaders to the press and details of discussions with Western officials reveal an increase in the level of frustration in the peace talks with Israel. Regardless, it is clear that the Palestinians have no interest in scuttling the nine-month time frame of the negotiations, possibly due to the staggered dates for releasing long-term Palestinian prisoners.

Of interest, none of the statements credited to Palestinian leaders include President Mahmoud Abbas or the chief negotiators, Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh. Palestinian and Israeli leaders have made a commitment to US Secretary of State John Kerry to keep the talks secret, with only the United States being authorized to make statements regarding the peace process.

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