Israeli media sources have reported that Palestinian and Israeli negotiators held over the last four days three direct negotiations sessions, behind closed doors, and without making statements to the media.The sources quoted U.S. Secretary of Sate, John Kerry, stating Monday that Palestinian and Israeli negotiators held so far 13 sessions of extensive direct talks in an attempt to accelerate the political process to reach a solution in the near future.

Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, and his Israeli counterpart, Tzipi Livni, are also planning to meet for an additional round of talks this week.

Israeli Walla News Agency said that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators discussed core issues, topped by Jerusalem,
This is happening while the Israeli Knesset is discussing a new law that obliges the Israeli leadership to obtain the approval of %80 of Knesset members before discussing the future of the occupied Holy City, the Arabs48 News Website have reported.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have repeatedly hit dead ends due to ongoing Israeli violations, topped by Israel’s illegal settlement construction and expansion activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially in and around Jerusalem.

Israel also insists on maintaining control on border terminals, natural resources and the Jordan Valley. It also refuses to recognize the internationally guaranteed Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees, and rejects a full withdrawal from the occupied West Bank.