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Israel complains to US over Palestinian leaks regarding peace negotiations

By Daniel Estrin

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Sept. 8 2013 10:46 a.m. MDT

pIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

Uriel Sinai, Associated Press

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JERUSALEM — An Israeli government official says Israel has issued a complaint to the U.S. about Palestinian officials leaking classified details about ongoing peace negotiations.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had pledged to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry they would not speak publicly about the content of their talks. But a Palestinian official who spoke to The Associated Press offered the first detailed peek at the renewed peace negotiations.

The anonymous Palestinian official said Israel proposes leaving dozens of settlements and military bases in the West Bank and seeks a Palestinian state in provisional borders.

The Israeli official said Sunday some of the information the Palestinians have leaked is incorrect or distorted. He refused to elaborate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as both sides said they wouldn't brief the media.

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