Quiet Start to Peace Talks Between Israelis, Palestinians

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- The renewal of talks between the Israelis and Palestinians was about as low-key as the two sides could make them.

While the result of a possible peace deal could be monumental -- that is, the creation of a Palestinian state -- negotiators began their talks in Jerusalem Wednesday under a veil of secrecy.

An Israeli spokeswoman said the reason for the absence of fanfare was so that Israeli and Palestinian officials could focus on the matter at hand without worrying about the media.

The talks started after Israel kept to its agreement to free 26 Palestinians they regard as terrorists.

Since there have been so many stops and starts in the past, expectations are not high for achieving any major breakthroughs, at least initially.

However, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if the Israelis and Palestinians can work out their differences on borders and security, the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem might not be a deal-breaker as in previous discussions.

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