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Kerry lands in Israel to push stalled peace talks

English.news.cn   2013-12-05 18:13:46            

JERUSALEM, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Israel late Wednesday and he is scheduled to meet Netanyahu on Thursday morning and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah later in the day, spokesperson for the U.S. embassy confirmed to Xinhua.

Kerry visits the region once more in an attempt to push forward negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which appear to be stuck mainly due to Israel's ongoing construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem settlements.

Israeli officials say the Palestinians are "looking for reasons " to avoid dragging their feet on talks throughout nine months and Netanyahu demands that the Palestinian president will acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state and work to end the incitement again Israel in the Palestinian Authority.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Palestinian Radio on Wednesday that the talks are faltering.

"Kerry must work to save the talks from deterioration caused by Israel's continuing settlement activity," he said.

Besides peace process, Kerry will also discuss the Iranian nuclear program and interim agreement signed between the P5+1 countries and Iran last Saturday in Geneva, which Netanyahu called a "historic mistake."

The U.S. strong bond with Israel was strained recently over the countries' disagreement on approach of diplomatic discourse with Iran, officials of both nations exchanging attacks on the issue.

The U.S. pushed to reach for an interim agreement and gave diplomacy a chance while Netanyahu and his government campaigned worldwide to keep sanctions in tact and get more guarantees from Iran to halt nuclear weapons push.

U.S. officials criticized Israel's hardline stance and objection to the talks, and Kerry himself was quoted as saying that Netanyahu is not fully aware of all the details of the agreement while criticizing it.

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Kerry visits Mideast to push stalled peace talks

RAMALLAH, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry started on Wednesday a new round of visit in the region, including Israel and the Palestinian territories, in a bid to push forward the stalled peace talks between those two sides, said a senior Palestinian official.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine Radio that the Palestinians hope Kerry will come to help rescue the talks and block the ongoing deterioration due to Israel 's intensive increase of settlement building in the Palestinian territories.Full story

 

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