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July 1, 2013 4:30 pm

Kerry Disappointed in Abbas After Latest Trip, Israeli Official Says

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John Kerry speaks on his latest trip to Israel. Photo: Israel Hayom video. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is disappointed in the conduct of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said on Sunday after Kerry departed Israel following his latest attempt to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Before taking off from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Kerry promised to return soon and announced that two of his aides would remain in Israel to work on bridging remaining differences that are preventing the resumption of negotiations.

A senior Israeli diplomatic official said, “Most of the American pressure is directed at [Abbas] right now,” Israel Hayom reported.

Kerry, on his fifth trip to Israel since becoming Secretary of State in February, did not succeed in arranging a meeting between Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas “presented to Kerry three conditions for the renewal of negotiations: the complete cessation of construction in Judea and Samaria, the release of all security prisoners who were arrested before the Oslo Accords and that talks on borders be based on the 1967 lines,” the Israeli official said. “All of these… are not acceptable to Netanyahu as conditions for the renewal of talks.”

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  • Noevil9

    I specialy love the last paragraph of ” all of this ,which are not acceptable to Nathanyahu. Yet, its Abbas and the Palestinians whom are the problem as this reporter states! This is the same position that Israel have have taken. They are only buying time to build more settlements and bring more fanatical settlers ,from Queens, Brooklyn, and Russia,to occupy and steal more land under the pretense ,that 3000 or so years, there was a Jewish presence. As if nothing has changed in this world, and those people might have changed their religion, or believes in what once was, and no longer is . yet they seem to have all the makings of some ancestors of those people who stayed on the land and never left. Yet their rights do not count for anything.
    I don’t think, the US and Kerry are that stupid, so, if they are not, then what is it?

  • Noevil9

    If any one is buying any other results to come out of this brokerage of this negotiation by the US, I have a nice Bridge in the Sahara desert, I would like to sell him, or her ,very cheap by the way, Cost or less!

  • Ben

    I don’t think the borders should be based off of the 1967 lines. That’s disgusting that Kerry would say that.