Peace talks move to Israel

The next round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will be held in Israel next week, according to Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator.

Livni, the country’s justice minister, told Israel’s Channel 10 that the negotiations, scheduled to last about nine months, would alternate between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

By the time the next round of talks is held in Israel, the first group of Palestinian prisoners will be freed, Livni said.

Some 104 Palestinians and Israeli Arabs who have been in jail for involvement in terror attacks before the Oslo accords are to be freed during the talks, depending on the progress of the negotiations. On Aug. 3, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israel would release 26 Palestinian prisoners on Aug. 13, Israel Hayom reported.

The sides resumed talks late last month following an intensive diplomatic effort led by Secretary of State John Kerry. — jta & jns