Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered cabinet ministers to stop meeting with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official said, hours after the U.S. blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to Israelis and Palestinians to put aside their rancor and work out a peace agreement after mediation efforts failed to resolve the conflict over a scheduled prisoner release.
U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks foundered as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to pursue a bid for statehood at the United Nations after Israel failed to meet a deadline to release prisoners.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to resume a bid for statehood at the United Nations, saying peace talks with Israel are going nowhere, as the U.S. sought to revive them with a plan including the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.
Israel is weighing a deal suggested by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to rescue stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, which includes as a bargaining chip the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.