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Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal

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Israel said Thursday it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians following their unity deal with Hamas, as the faltering US-backed process approached its deadline. 

A Palestinian man rides his donkey past members of the Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Der Samet on April 24, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised the agreement between the rival factions as a move that "kills peace," but senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat blamed Israeli settlement activity for killing off the process.

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