Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank City of Ramallah April 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, further complicating U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.Israel said Wednesday it was limiting its contacts with Palestinian officials, citing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' signing of U.N. human rights conventions last week, seen as a Palestinian attempt to assume the trappings of statehood outside the framework of the U.S.-backed negotiations.Abbas, for his part, has accused Israel of violating a commitment to release two dozen prisoners at the end of March, the last group of about 100 Israel pledged to free.An Israeli source said the sides had discussed a proposal for Israel to freeze some settlement construction and free more than 400 Palestinian prisoners, while Abbas would freeze or rescind his signing of the international documents.
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