Representatives from Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are set to meet US envoy Martin Indyk in an effort to keep the so-called peace talks on track.
The trilateral meeting is expected to be held on Sunday as Washington reviews its push for a deal between the two sides amid an impasse in the talks, officials close to the talks said on Saturday.
On Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said there were “limits” to the time and energy US government could give to the talks.
Also in the day, Indyk met with Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and PA negotiator Saeb Erakat separately.
A source close to the talks cited Livni as saying that Israel would not go ahead with the promised release of 26 Palestinian inmates.
The Israeli-PA talks reached a new deadlock when the Tel Aviv regime refused to free the last tranche of 104 Palestinian prisoners in late March as part of a deal for the resumption of US-sponsored negotiations.
The move prompted the Palestinians to respond by applying to join 15 international agencies on April 1.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, deputy head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) criticized on Thursday Israel’s refusal to release the final group of Palestinian inmates and said, “Israel has a habit of evading agreements and conventions it has signed.”
Since the resumption of the direct talks last July, Palestinians have objected to a number of issues, including the Israeli regime’s illegal settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The PA also refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying it would not accept any agreement with the regime which fails to include East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of a future Palestinian state.