Earlier today, after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres in Yerushalayim, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged peace talks had run into difficulties.
Kerry spoke of a need for “real compromises and hard decisions” from both sides.
“President Obama sees the road ahead, as do I, and we share a belief in this process or we wouldn’t put time into it,” he said during a joint press conference with Netanyahu in Yerushalayim.
Netanyahu took a strong stance. “I am concerned about the progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid, run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace,” he said with Kerry at his side.
After months of shuttle diplomacy, Kerry succeeded in persuading Israel and the Palestinians to reopen peace talks in late July after a nearly five-year break.
The sides have committed to hold nine months of talks in hopes of reaching a peace deal.
On the sidelines of the peace talks, Israel has released half of the 104 Palestinian prisoners it pledged to free under a deal Kerry brokered to draw Abbas back to negotiations that Palestinians abandoned in 2010 over settlement building.
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