JERUSALEM, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The nine-month Israeli- Palestinian negotiations, which renewed last July, came to its deadline on Tuesday without reaching any deal.
Chances for a peace agreement have seemed slimmer than ever, as Israel suspended the talks last week in response to a reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Fatah faction and the Hamas movement, the latter of which has been deemed as a terrorist group by Israel.
Israel and the Palestinian National Authority resumed the peace talks in July 2013. Following are some key events during the nine months of talks:
July 19, 2013: Following extensive shuttle diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in the Jordanian capital of Amman that Israel and the Palestinians agreed to resume the peace talks after a three-year halt.
July 29, 2013: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington to formally launch the U.S.-brokered negotiations with a nine-month deadline to reach a peace deal.
August, 2013: Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat started series of meetings in Jerusalem.
Dec. 6, 2013: Despite pessimistic statements by officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah on imminent disagreements, Kerry declared at the end of his visit to the region that "a peace deal is closer than in years."
January 2014: As talks did not exhibit any real progress, Kerry tried to introduce a "framework agreement" that would be concluded by the end of the year, instead of the initial goal of achieving a final peace deal in nine months.
March 28, 2014: Israel failed to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners, which breached an earlier agreement.
April 1, 2014: In response, Palestinians signed up to 15 international conventions, which also broke its prior commitment. Israel published tenders for the construction of 708 residential units in northeast Jerusalem.
April 23, 2014: The Palestinian Liberation Organization's leading faction, Fatah, and its main political rival Hamas announced a unity agreement.
April 24, 2014: The Israeli prime minister's office announced to suspend the peace talks, citing the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal.