Official: Israelis, Palestinians begin peace talks

JOSEF FEDERMAN
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Palestinian relatives jump to a vehicle carrying released prisoners upon their arrival to Beit Hanoun checkpoint between Israel and northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP photo/Hatem Moussa)

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has begun.

It is the first substantive talks between the sides in nearly five years.

The Israeli government released a brief video showing the chief negotiators shaking hands. It gave no further details on the whereabouts of the meeting.

The official said the talks were taking place in Jerusalem. The official refused to give further details and spoke on condition of anonymity, as no one had immediate authorization to publicly discuss the talks.