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Kerry Says Talks Are in Difficult Security Phase

By: JTA

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said talks between Israelis and Palestinians entered a difficult phase over security guarantees.

Speaking in Tel Aviv before returning to the United States, Kerry said the sides remained committed to advancing toward a peace agreement and that he expected to return to the region in a week or so.

“Despite the fact that we are discussing really difficult, complicated issues, I am encouraged by the continued commitment of both leaders to the pursuit of peace,” Kerry said at a press conference at the airport. “And they both underscored their commitment to continue to work through these difficult issues in the days ahead.”

Kerry said the issue currently at hand has to do with security guarantees for Israel.

“We’ve gone through a very detailed, lengthy, in-depth analysis of the security challenges of the region, and particularly the challenges to Israel and to the creation of a viable, independent Palestinian state,” Kerry said. “Security is paramount in the minds of the prime minister and his team with respect to their ability to be able to move forward with other issues that have to be dealt with. If Israel’s security cannot be increased through this agreement, it’s very difficult to make an agreement.”

Kerry did not offer further details, but a sticking point appeared to be the fate of the Jordan Valley, the area contiguous with the border with Jordan, where Israel wants to maintain a prolonged military presence. Reports said the Israeli side rejected plans for some Palestinian control at border crossings as well as a reduced Israeli presence.

Reports also said the Palestinian side was unhappy with the American proposals, saying they rejected any continued Israeli presence in Palestinian areas. Palestinians also are unhappy with Israeli settlement growth in Judea and Samaria.

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that talks were “difficult and complicated.”

Erekat told AFP that Abbas and Kerry addressed security in their talks.

“We hope Israel will stick to its commitments and be forced to stop settlement building,” he told the French news agency. “Settlements are the reason for the difficulties in negotiations.”

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3 Responses to “Kerry Says Talks Are in Difficult Security Phase”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    Oh, you got them to recognize that Israel has a right to exist. Otherwise Kerry, you have done nothing positive.

  2. Building homes anywhere for anyone is a very positive endeavor–And when you Destroy any homes anywhere -that is a terror-Mr. Kerry- Thank You.

  3. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    EWLJR
    Israel would be wise to keep America at arms-length throughout the forced talks with the so-called “Palestinians”. If the Arab terrorists calling themselves “Palestinians” did gain statehood, they would not and could not defend it against Al Qaeda or any other group interested in overthrowing them.

    Obama & Clinton proved that treaties signed by the United States are worthless and the US will instigate & support insurrection within countries it is allied with whenever the mood strikes them.
    With all the arms & money the US gave to Egypt, Obama & Clinton started the insurrection that overthrew the Egyptian government. Then there is Libya, or was. Qaddafi didn't last long after Obama armed the terrorists there and sparked their “Arab Spring” revolt.

    Syria still has Assad because they were aligned with Iran & Russia instead of the U. S. Still, the U. S. was instrumental in encouraging the terrorists to overthrow Assad and still supports them. Obama tried to mount an all-out military attack on Syria, but the world balked at the idea.

    Syria will not survive the revolt and has already been pretty much destroyed as far as civilian life is concerned. A “Palestine” would not last as long as any of these countries and Israel would probably fall soon afterwards.

    Throughout all this, Obama has been destroying America from within also. The economy went first, education, the Constitution, our borders, even out military.

    Obama, Clinton, & Kerry are all three traitors to America & should never be trusted by Israel or any other country.

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