Kerry will resume push for Israeli-Palestinian talks

After the nine-month deadline for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks expired on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s aides said that he would again try to get the sides back to the negotiating table after a pause of several months.


The talks came to an official halt on Tuesday, though Israel had already decided to cancel further negotiations last week in response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to form a unity government with Hamas, who does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.


Kerry came under fire earlier this week for comments he made in a closed door meeting which were leaked by the American news website The Daily Beast. Both US and Israeli politicians criticized the US secretary of state for saying in the meeting that Israel is in danger of becoming an “apartheid” regime should it fail to reach an agreement with the Palestinians based on the two-state solution.

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