000_Was8425442-e1395073647881-635x357Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly demanded an Israeli settlement freeze and continued prisoner releases as his conditions for continuing with US-brokered peace talks past a late-April deadline for their conclusion, the Palestinian news site Ma’an reported Monday. According to an unnamed PA official, the Palestinian leader made the offer during his meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington last week.  A good test of Israel’s willingness to make concessions, according to the official, is whether it implements the release of the last of the four groups of prisoners it agreed to free before talks began, Ma’an reported. The Palestinian official’s comments follow an earlier Israeli report that suggested Abbas had rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel during the meeting with Obama, and issued “three no’s” on core issues, leaving the negotiations heading for an explosive collapse. MORE