Kerry to push for progress on Mideast peace

The US secretary of state will meet leaders from Israel and Palestine in a bid to revive the faltering negotiations.

    Officials say that Kerry's initiative will bring the two sides closer together [AP]
    Officials say that Kerry's initiative will bring the two sides closer together [AP]

    US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to hold talks with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to step up American involvement in the hope of reviving faltering peace efforts.

    Kerry will present the outlines of a West Bank security plan in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Thursday, US officials said.

    The proposal will mark the first time that Kerry has directly intervened in the talks since they began in late July.

    The two sides agreed to resume negotiating, their first substantive dialogue in five years, under heavy American pressure.

    Kerry has repeatedly shuttled to the region and held lengthy phone conversations with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in hopes of pushing the talks forward.

    But by all accounts, the negotiations have made no progress, despite an April target date for reaching a deal.

    Palestinian officials say the two sides remain divided on the key issues of borders, security, the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, while Israeli officials accuse Palestinian leaders of hampering the talks by refusing to recognise the country as a "Jewish state".

    Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank has continued despite criticism from American and European governments, whose officials have said that continued Israeli resistance to halting such efforts threatens the possibility of any peace agreement.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.