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Israelis, Palestinians start peace talks

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS:The talks are being held secretly to prevent leaks and maintain trust. Palestinians say they could collapse any time because of settlement construction

AP, JERUSALEM

Kerry’s envoy, former US ambassador Martin Indyk, was in the region to mediate.

Officials say that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to return to negotiations to avoid being blamed for failure, but expectations remain low.

Israel’s announcements in recent days of plans to build more than 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem have only fueled the Palestinian mistrust.

“The talks might collapse any time because of the Israeli practices,” Yasser Abed Rabbo, an adviser to Abbas, told Voice of Palestine radio.

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