U.S. secretary Kerry renewing peace negotiations in Mideast

6 November 2013 12:39
(QHA) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to move the Middle East peace process forward on November 6, informs Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. Kerry is meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel before traveling to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas. According to Kerry peace talks had run into difficulties on November 5, but thought it still possible some agreement could be reached. "I come here without any illusions about the difficulties, - he noted. But I come here determined to work with leaders, with the prime minister, with the president of the Palestinian Authority to try and find a way forward so that Israel can live the dream that President [Shimon] Peres and the Prime Minister Mr. Rabin expressed so eloquently and beautifully in the tragedy of that day here and in many days before that," Kerry said. However, Gideon Saar, the Israeli interior minister told Army Radio on November 5 that the Palestinians were not negotiating in good faith. In a speech on November 4, Abbas said: "After all the rounds of negotiations there is nothing on the ground." As reported, to get Abbas back to the negotiating table, Kerry helped negotiate a deal to have Israel release 104 Palestinian prisoners. To be noted, the Palestinians broke off talks three years ago over Israel's refusal to end new settlement construction.