RAMALLAH, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing pressure from Arab leaders to accept a U.S. security plan intended to quicken the process toward a Palestinian- Israel peace deal, sources said on Thursday.
The pressure came from several Arab countries, said the sources, some of them Palestinian officials, who didn't name the countries.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had presented his security ideas to the Palestinians and Israelis in his visit to the region last week.
In an effort of shuttle diplomacy to broker a deal by the spring, Kerry arrived in Israel on Thursday and will hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials in the following days.
Several Palestinian officials have voiced rejection to Kerry's plan, saying it adopts the Israeli vision and neglects the Palestinian demand that Israel maintain no security presence on the borders of a future Palestinian state.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East this week to push for Israeli- Palestinian peace talks, but Washington is not seeking an interim deal, the State Department said Monday.
The top American envoy will leave for Jerusalem Wednesday to talk about Iran and the ongoing final-status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said in a statement. Full story
RAMALLAH, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian negotiators have decided to complete peace negotiations with Israel within the specified 9-month timeframe despite "unacceptable" recommendations offered by the U.S. to solve the dispute, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.
"The Palestinian leadership doesn't want to appear responsible for stopping the negotiations or to be blamed for thwarting the U. S. peace efforts," said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media. Full story