Israelis and Palestinians reportedly talk again

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators reportedly met for a second round of peace talks.

The French news agency AFP, citing an unnamed Palestinian official, reported that talks were held Tuesday in Jerusalem, with a second meeting scheduled for the evening.

The Associated Press in reporting the talks cited a “senior Palestinian official” who is “close to the negotiations.”

The first round of talks was held last week in Jerusalem. The talks have been held under a near-complete media blackout at the request of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited the region a half dozen times in order to bring the two sides to the negotiating table.

Prior to the first round of talks, the negotiators met in July in Washington with Kerry and with President Obama.

The Israeli negotiators are Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and the prime minister’s representative, attorney Isaac Molho. The Palestinian negotiators are Saeb Erekat and Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh, a senior Fatah official.

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