Israelis and Palestinians reportedly meeting for more talks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators reportedly are meeting for a second round of peace talks.

The talks were set to be held Tuesday, the Associated Press reported, citing a “senior Palestinian official” who is “close to the negotiations.”

The official did not tell the AP where the talks were being held, though it was speculated that they were to take place in the West Bank city of Jericho.

The first round of talks was held last week in Jerusalem. The talks have been held under a near-complete media blackout at the request of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited the region a half dozen times in order to bring the two sides to the negotiating table.

Prior to the first round of talks, the negotiators met in July in Washington with Kerry and with President Obama.

The Israeli negotiators are Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and the prime minister’s representative, attorney Isaac Molho. The Palestinian negotiators are Saeb Erekat and Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh, a senior Fatah official.