Israeli P.M. Netanyahu curbs contact with Palestinian Authority

Apr 09, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT
In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the opening of the annual Negev Conference, on March 18, 2014 in Sderot, southern Israel.
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Freeze comes in retaliation for the P.A.'s moves to seek statehood from over a dozen international bodies. The measure looks to intensify the stalemate blocking U.S.-mediated peace talks between the two camps. 

Background:

Mideast frustration, the sequel [New York Times]

Netanyahu brings stop to meetings with Palestinians [Guardian]