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March 23, 2014 7:24 am

Fearing Collapse of Peace Talks, Obama Administration Seeks Extension Beyond April Deadline

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, on March 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, on March 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

Times of Israel – The Obama administration is very concerned that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could collapse soon, and is working to find a solution that would allow the talks to continue beyond the April deadline which marks the end of the agreed-upon nine month negotiating period, according to a Sunday report.

The US, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, is trying to come up with a means of ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will agree to continue the talks and move forward with the upcoming release of the fourth batch of long-serving Palestinian and Israeli-Arab prisoners held in Israeli jails, according to Western sources cited in a Sunday Israel Radio report.

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