U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry continues his push to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority closer to a peaceful resolution.
Kerry kicked off the talks in Washington by hosting Israeli and Palestinian delegates at an Iftar dinner -- the traditional evening meal during the Islamic month of Ramadan to break the dawn to dusk fast.
Before the Israeli delegation left for Washington Sunday, the cabinet approved the release of 104 Palestinian Arab prisoners as a "goodwill gesture" to the P.A. for agreeing to resume talks. An overwhelming majority of Israelis, both religious and secular, oppose the gesture.
Meanwhile, P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Cairo Monday that no Jews or Israeli forces would be permitted to live in a future Palestinian state, which he envisions in all the territory beyond the 1949 armistice lines.
P.A. officials also expect Israel to divide Jerusalem as it was under Jordanian occupation from 1949 until the 1967 Six Day War, when it was reunited under Israeli sovereignty.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that Jerusalem will remain the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish state.