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April 14, 2014 6:12 am

Israel’s Livni Upbeat on Peace Talks, Slams Right Wing Ministers

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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will begin peace talks in Washington on Monday evening. Photo: Antje Wildgrube/Wikimedia Commons.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. Photo: Antje Wildgrube/Wikimedia Commons.

AP – Jerusalem – Israel’s chief peace negotiator on Sunday accused a hard-line faction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly unwieldy coalition government of undermining her efforts, while Jewish settlers moved into a sensitive West Bank building that has been a flashpoint of violence in the past.

The sniping inside Netanyahu’s coalition was the latest sign of infighting that has hampered US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace efforts. While committed to conducting peace talks, Netanyahu’s coalition is dominated by hard-liners who oppose making significant concessions or reject the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

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