Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni met with her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat in Yerushalayim on Tuesday for the second time in the day, after having convened in the morning, Israeli media reported, quoting Palestinian officials.
No official announcement was carried out by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, which refused to comment on the reports.
The first meeting took place at the King David Hotel on Tuesday morning, Israeli officials told Ha’aretz.
Parties then met for a second time in the evening, starting from around 8:00 p.m. local time, reportedly attended by the U.S. envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Martin Indyk, at an undisclosed location in Yerushalayim.
Livni and Erekat met last Tuesday in Yerushalayim, for a five-hour meeting. The talks were being held under secrecy, without photo-ops, press releases or written statements.
A reason for the secrecy may be the desire to calm down critics on both ends, as tensions rose high over Israel’s stated intent to build more than 1,500 new housing units in the West Bank recently.