Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened the Palestinians with unilateral reprisals on Sunday, as the two sides met for last-ditch talks with a US envoy on salvaging the peace process.Israel will retaliate if the Palestinians go ahead with applications to adhere to 15 international treaties, the rightwing premier said. The crisis erupted after Israel last week refused to release the fourth and last batch of Palestinian prisoners in line with an agreement struck with the Palestinians and the United States.In a tit-for-tat move, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas signed the applications, triggering Israel's wrath. Israel says Abbas's move was a clear breach of the commitments the Palestinians gave when the talks were relaunched last July to pursue no other avenues for recognition of their promised state. Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni suggested that Washington scale down its "intensive" involvement, saying direct talks between Abbas and Netanyahu were needed.
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