Israel and Palestinians to enter new peace talks

Negotiations broke down in 2010 over Israel’s settlements in occupied West Bank

US secretary of state John Kerry  flew by helicopter to the West Bank from Jordan to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a final push to get a peace bid back on track. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry flew by helicopter to the West Bank from Jordan to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a final push to get a peace bid back on track. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

 

Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for a resumption of peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, US secretary of state John Kerry has said.

“We have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” he told reporters in Jordan, and added: “The agreement is still in the process of being formalized.”

Direct negotiations broke down in late 2010 over Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, where, along with the Gaza Strip, Palestinians seek statehood.

Addressing reporters before he flew back from the Jordanian capital of Amman, Mr Kerry declined to give details on the deal. He said he expected Israeli and Palestinian envoys to join him in Washington soon and another announcement could follow.

“The best way to give these negotiations a chance is to keep them private,” he said. “We know that the challenges require some very tough choices in the days ahead. Today, however, I am hopeful.”

Reuters

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