Palestinians chain themselves in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike at Israeli jails, while holding a rally in the Jebaliya refugee camp, the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Israel fired back Friday at a senior U.S. official, who blamed Jewish settlement construction in part for the breakdown of peacemaking with the Palestinians, saying he himself had done nothing to help the negotiations.A senior Israeli official familiar with the talks accused Indyk of hypocrisy, saying he had known construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem would continue during the discussions.The Israeli official said Indyk had been informed of the construction plans, down to the number of homes.While some of the talks had indeed been between Israelis and Palestinians only, Indyk's presence at other sessions had harmed progress, the official said without elaborating.
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