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Kerry to meet Netanyahu, Abbas for talks
Published Thursday 12/12/2013 (updated) 13/12/2013 14:31
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US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the House Foreign
Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December
10, 2013.(AFP/File Jim Watson)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry was marking his 70th birthday leaving again for Israel, in his dogged quest for an elusive Middle East peace deal.

But there will not be a gift-wrapped agreement awaiting him when he is due to land back in Israel on Thursday, less than a week after his last trip to Israel.

The top US diplomat, who joked this week about his "commute" to the Holy Land, is embarking on his 20th overseas trip since he took office in January. It will be his ninth night trip to Israel and the West Bank.

On Thursday he is due to have dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and he will also meet with President Mahmoud Abbas, before then heading east to Vietnam and Manila.

As he seeks to keep the Palestinians and Israelis on track to reach a deal within in tight nine-month deadline, Kerry reiterated warnings late Wednesday that the status quo was unsustainable.

"I've heard all the arguments from all the pundits on all sides," Kerry told an event organized by Foreign Policy magazine.

"The conflict is too frozen. It's too complicated. They don't trust each other enough. There's no way possible that there are the ingredients to try to make peace. It's a fool's errand to believe that the future could be better than the past. President Obama and I reject that cynicism," the online magazine quoted him as saying

Kerry met Monday with Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat in Washington for three-hour trilateral talks.

But after initial optimism following the relaunch of the direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in July following a three-year hiatus, hopes are now beginning to fade.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top official with the Palestine Liberation Organization, on Monday said Kerry's ideas on future security arrangements which were presented to the Palestinian leadership last week, had provoked a "real crisis."

"These ideas will drive Kerry's efforts to an impasse and to total failure because he is treating our issues with a high degree of indifference," Rabbo told AFP.

The proposals focus on security arrangements in the Jordan Valley which runs down the eastern flank of the West Bank, with commentators saying it would allow Israel to maintain a long-term military presence there.

But State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed: "This is not a, 'Here’s a plan, please ask for an up or down.'"

"This is an ongoing discussion."
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
12/12/2013 15:34
* LAST CENTURY'S REALITY was that
* THE PLO GAVE ISRAEL RECOGNIZED SOVEREIGNTY,
over East Jerusalem and 60% of the West Bank (Areas C/E1),
so that it would be given permission to return to the land,
and be given sovereignty over 40% of the West Bank and Gaza,
* AND THIS CENTURY'S REALITY is that
* THE PLO CAN NOT UNDO THE GIFT,
unless it negotiates a peace/statehood agreement,
on essentially any terms that Israel demands !!


2 ) Maureen / Australia
12/12/2013 17:55
Why doesn't he speak the truth? AIPAC & co. have got Kerry's/US government's hands tied!

3 ) Mai Lai / Vietnam
12/12/2013 22:05
Happy Birthday Mr Kerry, what better way than to spend it, than in the pursuit of freedom and justice for Palestine, and of course a lovely dinner with Isreal's PM Netanyahu. Remember you are only 70 once, so enjoy yourself. Who knows, maybe you will get some surprise gifts, from Bibi & Abu Mazen, wouldn't that be the icing on the cake.

4 ) southparkbear / usa
12/12/2013 22:17
i hope he has sun glass to block the aurora surrounding Abbas.

5 ) mohamed / somalia
12/12/2013 23:34
mr kerry look like dead man walking

6 ) mohamed / somalia
12/12/2013 23:43
@1 no compromise west bank and east jerusalem . we are no hurry whether you accept one state solution or two state solution is up to you.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/12/2013 10:07
It's vaguely similar to Chamberlain trying to force the Czechs to yield to Hitler's demands. Actually, it's very similar, now that I think about it.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/12/2013 10:10
To Tibi #1: '* LAST CENTURY'S REALITY was that * THE PLO GAVE ISRAEL RECOGNIZED SOVEREIGNTY, over East Jerusalem and 60% of the West Bank (Areas C/E1)... ' Incredible. Your statement is simply a lie. Sovereignty is precisely what was not yielded. Israel merely retained an allegedly temporary right to maintain security.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/12/2013 10:15
'The top US diplomat...is embarking on his 20th overseas trip since he took office in January. It will be his ninth night trip to Israel...' Does it strike anyone as odd that nearly 50% of our Secretary of State's efforts appear to go to the affairs of a minor client state comprising just over 0.1% of the human race? It is, moreover, a client state that is utterly dependent on our support. In a sane universe, he would just issue it its instructions from the comfort of his DC office.

10 ) BEN GURION CLOSED / JERUSALEM CLOSED
13/12/2013 10:15
AYALON almost closed (ice threat) Nobody is going meet anybody this is the highest snow in 95 years God DOES NOT WANT AMERICAN TALKS

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/12/2013 10:16
To Tibi #1: '* AND THIS CENTURY'S REALITY is that* THE PLO CAN NOT UNDO THE GIFT, unless it negotiates a peace/statehood agreement, on essentially any terms that Israel demands !!' This century's reality is that there won't be an Israel at the end of it. Israel's own actions have more or less guaranteed that.
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