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Kerry in Jordan for Mideast Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli and Palestinian officials in Jordan Monday, before traveling to France for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending Syria's civil war.

Kerry says the question for those working toward Middle East peace is simple.

"Will we, despite the historic hurdles, have the courage to make the choices that we know we need to make in order to break the stalemate and provide a change of life for people in this region?" he asked.

Kerry said how they answer that will determine whether young people in the region realize their potential and grasp the possibility of peace.

Kerry will meet separately Monday with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, former Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan bin Talal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

President Abbas says Palestinians have suffered long enough.

"We can not accept insulting the dignity of a people that is struggling for freedom and for independence and for practicing its legitimate right to self-determination," said Abbas. "The Palestinian people are eager for peace after a continuous struggling that lasted for 65 years."

At that forum, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Kerry brings an impressive momentum to the peace process.

"We and our Palestinian neighbors must return to the negotiations as soon as possible and really bring peace," said Peres.  "President Abbas, you are our partner and we are yours."

In addition to Middle East peace talks, Kerry is working to end Syria's civil war as part of a U.S.-Russian initiative to form a transitional government for Damascus. Kerry meets Lavrov in Paris Monday for a working dinner along with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 27, 2013 12:45 PM
Now the momentum is on and good to achieve anything achievable, it is so that Israel can agree to cede the lands of Judea and Samaria to their hostile neighbors just to give peace a chance. It is just the best favor the Palestinians can do themselves to grab this chance. The fallacy of thinking that Arab intimidation can pressure Israel out of a land that belongs to it belongs to abyss, not this world. But the talks must be restarted without preconditions.

If any side will be obstacle in the momentum that has built up by way of preconditions, that will the final knells to the peace initiative - it cannot never be regain. For Obama and Kerry are the two most favorable things to happen to the Palestinians and their Arab cohorts. We should bear in mind that it was conquest that took Israel away from the land into exile, and by conquest Israel regained its land in 1967. So why not?

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