Israel formally cancels fourth round of Palestinian terrorist prisoner release

Secretary of State John Kerry with chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat and chief Israeli peace negotiator Tzipi Livni. Credit: State Department.

( Israel has formally canceled the fourth round of the Palestinian terrorist prisoner release, said the Jewish state’s top peace negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

According to a statement by Livni, the Palestinians’ decision to join 15 international conventions violated the terms of the prisoner release that was signed in July 2013, The Associated Press reported. Livni said the deal was contingent on the Palestinians refraining from unilateral moves.

The news comes following a reported all-night discussion on Wednesday among Livni, her Palestinian counterpart Saed Erekat, and U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk, which yielded no results.

Israel had delayed the fourth round of the release, which was originally scheduled for March 29, over concerns that the Palestinians would not extend peace talks beyond their late-April deadline. 

Posted on April 3, 2014 .