Kerry to return to Mideast later this month on peace process push
May 8th, 2013
08:23 PM ET

Kerry to return to Mideast later this month on peace process push

By Jill Dougherty

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he will return to the Middle East later this month to try to push forward on the peace process.

In Rome Wednesday, Kerry met with Israeli Justice Minister Tsipi Livni and Itzhak Moho, Israel's negotiator with the Palestinians.

Conferring at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Italy, Kerry said he and his partners face a short time timespan. "We understand the imperative to try to have some sense of direction as rapidly as we can," he said.

He called the Arab League’s decision last week “an important step forward” and said he spoke Wednesday with Qatar’s prime minister, the chairman of the committee.

Last week the Arab League agreed to ease its demand that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders and accept the possibility of tweaking the borders with agreed-upon land swaps.

"They want to keep the progress moving," Kerry said.

Kerry will travel to Israel on May 21 or 22 to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Livni praised Kerry's "enthusiasm and efforts" and said "they can change the reality." She thanked Kerry, adding that "some of us had lost hope."

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  3. wjm

    We know Bibi doesn't want peace and never has, as for the other side, the exremist groups would lose much of their authority and power if a peace deal is brokered. I do think that there is a small chance of peace in the region, its the other people in both societies that have to force their leaders to understand that peace is what they want. I hope they can come to some sort of agreement before either side start attacking the other, to derail the peace process.


    May 9, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  4. helenecha

    If there is a road map to the Mideast peace process, solving the problem between Israel and Palestine must be a terminal point rather than a starting point. Now the reality shows they're far from the terminal point.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Their will never be peace in the middle east as long as muslim's are in the region. Their toilet paper quran won't allow them to have peace. They all ways have to forcing their false religion on the non-believer because of the ramblings of a retarded pedifile.

      May 9, 2013 at 5:22 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      People in the middle east need to get their act together.There is another problem and it is a basic problem becoming worse and worse and its not just there.Water, everyone one is fighting people are migrating and stressing whats left of the resources in the region.But the fighting will never stop and more misery on the horizon.

      May 9, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply

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