Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat: to hold series of meetings with senior officials in Washington in which he will press the case for Palestinian statehood. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Chirikov

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat presented plans to US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday calling for a timetable on ending Israel’s occu(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a news conference in Rome this week. He is to meet US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry arrived in Israel last night, reportedly bringing with him bridging proposals for security arrangements in the Wes(...)

A bulldozer clears rocks at a construction site in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Awad

Middle East peace talks appear to be in crisis following the resignation of the Palestinian negotiating team in protest at Israeli settlement plans.Ch(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is on a tight rein in these “talks about talks”,  with the blessing of Fatah but not Hamas. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians harbour few expectations of talks about talks with Israel that began last night over dinner in Washington and are to continue today. (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) meets  Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the Mukataa compound, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, last Friday. Photograph: Fadi Arouri/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas says any agreement reached in peace talks with Israel will be brought to a referendum.On Sunday Israeli prime mini(...)