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December 17, 2014 11:00 am

Kerry: No One Should Interfere in Israeli Elections

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Rome on Monday (image from an earlier meeting). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

AP – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday outlined America’s opposition to any effort undermining Israel’s election process, holding out hope the US and its partners could find a way to advance Middle East peace and respond to the concerns of Palestinians.

Kerry wouldn’t categorize America’s position on suggestions for the UN Security Council to set a framework for negotiations, which Israel fiercely opposes. But he emphasized the importance of nations avoiding anything that interferes or “might be perceived as interfering” in Israeli elections planned for March. The priorities, he said, should be to halt growing Israeli-Palestinian violence and create conditions for an eventual resumption of peace talks.

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