Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Palestinian officials on Tuesday despite Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's last minute cancellation of his participation in the meeting.
Fayyad was reluctant to be seen as engaging with Israel on a day when more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began a hunger strike to protest against their conditions in Israeli jails, the officials said.
Netanyahu's office had released no details of a time or venue for what were to have been the highest-level talks with the Palestinians since peace negotiations broke off in 2010.
But Israeli officials, asking for anonymity because no official announcement on the talks had been made, had said on Monday that the meeting was to be held on Tuesday.
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