Israel protests Palestinian leaks on peace talks content

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A negotiator for Israel in the relaunched peace talks with the Palestinians  protested what he said are Palestinian officials’ leaks to the media about the content of the talks.

Isaac Molho, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy to the peace talks, in a call over the weekend to his U.S. counterpart, Martin Indyk, complained about numerous leaks by named and unnamed Palestinian officials.

Molho said the leaks “violated all the agreements” agreed to by the two sides with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Haaretz reported, citing an unnamed Israeli official.

At the beginning of the talks in Washington in July, both sides agreed to maintain silence on the time, place and content of the meetings, reportedly at Kerry’s request.

Last week on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, in an interview with the Voice of Palestine radio, Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said there has been “no progress” in the talks and that it will require pressure from the United States in order to advance toward peace.

During interviews given over Israel’s long holiday weekend for the Jewish New Year, several other named and unnamed Palestinian officials similarly declared that the peace talks were stagnating.

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