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Palestinian kidnaps and kills Israeli co-worker

A West Bank Palestinian lured an Israeli soldier, who worked part-time at the same restaurant, into a cab. The Palestinian confessed to killing the Israeli. He had intended to trade the Israeli for a Palestinian brother in prison in Israel.

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Israeli soldiers carry the body of an Israeli killed north of the occupied West Bank, near the town of Qalqilya, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Shanti)

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A Palestinian lured an Israeli soldier to a village in the West Bank and killed him with the intention of trading the body for his brother jailed for terror attacks, Israel's intelligence agency said Saturday, in a slaying that casts another shadow on U.S. mediated peace talks that restarted this summer.

The killing could further sour the atmosphere for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which resumed in July for the first time in nearly five years. The deaths of several Palestinians in Israeli raids in the West Bank intended to detain militants involved in attacks has also caused tensions, with the Palestinian side cancelling one session last month in response. Israel has made its security concerns a top priority in talks.

The 20-year-old soldier was reported missing late Friday and Israeli forces began looking for him, the Shin Bet intelligence agency said. The search led the troops to Nidal Amar, a 42-year-old Palestinian from Beit Amin village near the city of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank.

Amar was arrested and confessed to killing the soldier, whom he knew because they worked at the same restaurant in the coastal city of Bat Yam in central Israel, the agency said. The military identified the slain soldier as Sgt. Tomer Hazan from Bat Yam.

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