Americans pushing hard to get Israel and Palestinians to extend talks
Senior Israeli official: 'The ball is in the Palestinians’ court’; Palestinians insist that fourth batch of prisoners be released as part of framework negotiations.
Senior American officials have been holding marathon meetings over the past 48 hours with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. They are attempting to resolve the crisis over the release of Palestinian prisoners and to formulate an agreement that will allow for the extension of negotiations between the two sides past April 29.
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