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Kerry: Yesha Building Not to Blame for Lack of Talks With PA

By David Lev

Posted on 06/30/13 | News Source Arutz Sheva |

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in a press conference Sunday that there had been “real progress” in his talks with Israel and the Palestinian Authority – but apparently not enough to organize a summit meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas, as Kerry had hoped to do. There was not even enough progress to declare a date for the resumption of negotiations between lower-level Israeli and PA negotiating teams.

At a press conference at Ben Gurion Airport Sunday afternoon, Kerry said that although no new talks had been scheduled, they were “within reach.” After meeting Saturday night with Netanyahu and on Sunday with Abbas for the third time, Kerry said that there had been “progress.” When asked what he meant by progress, Kerry said that he could not go into details. “The hardest part is to jumpstart the process,” he said.

“We started out with very wide gaps and we have narrowed those considerably," he said, describing them as "very narrow. We have some specific details and work to pursue but I am absolutely confident that we are on the right track and that all the parties are working in very good faith in order to get to the right place. I know progress when I see it,” Kerry added.

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Photo Caption: Kerry said that although no new talks had been scheduled, they were within reach.


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