• ISRAEL LIMITS CONTACT WITH PALESTINIANS

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    JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ministers to limit contact with their Palestinian counterparts as the Arab League blamed his government on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for the “dangerous stalemate” in US-brokered peace talks. The moves came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry, who kick-started the talks in July after a nearly three-year hiatus, blamed Israel for derailing the process by announcing new settlement construction. “In response to the Palestinian violation of their commitments under peace talks . . . Israel government ministers have been told to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts,” an Israeli official told Agence France-Presse.

    AFP

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