Peace talks start at Ramadan break-fast dinner

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosting an Iftar dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, July 29, 2013. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators launched peace talks at a Ramadan break-fast dinner at the U.S. State Department.

Attending the Iftar dinner Monday evening were John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state; Martin Indyk, the newly appointed top U.S. Middle East peace negotiator; Tzipi Livni, the Israeli justice minister; Yitzhak Molcho, a longtime adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Saeb Erekat, the top Palestinian negotiator; and Mohammed Shtayyeh, a Palestinian economist.

The talks, which are to continue Tuesday morning, are the first since late 2010 and come after intense lobbying of the Israelis and Palestinians by Kerry.

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