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Israeli-Palestinian talks stall as ministers told not to meet with counterparts

By Ben Brumfield, CNN
April 9, 2014 -- Updated 1140 GMT (1940 HKT)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) meets with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 31, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) meets with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 31, 2014.

(CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back from the negotiating table Wednesday, ordering ministers to halt meetings with their Palestinian counterparts, a senior Israeli official told CNN on Wednesday.

Kerry heads to Israel for Mideast talks

Attempts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to put peace talks back on track unraveled in the past week.

Israel reneged on a scheduled release of Palestinian prisoners, and the Palestinians responded by signing on to join 15 international bodies, reversing their commitment not to seek international recognition as a state.

READ: Prospects for Mideast peace deal fading

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