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Israelis, Palestinians begin peace talks, official says

August 14, 2013: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, waves with released Palestinian prisoners at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo)

An Israeli official says a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has begun.

It is the first substantive talks between the sides in nearly five years.

The Israeli government released a brief video showing the chief negotiators shaking hands. It gave no further details on the whereabouts of the meeting.

The official said the talks were taking place in Jerusalem. The official refused to give further details and spoke on condition of anonymity, as no one had immediate authorization to publicly discuss the talks.