News / Middle East

Kerry Meets Abbas in New Bid to Revive Peace Talks

Kerry Meets With Palestinian, Israeli Leaders On Reviving Peace Talksi
X
April 08, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Jerusalem this week, in hopes of reviving the long-stalled Middle East peace talks. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Kerry Meets With Palestinian, Israeli Leaders On Reviving Peace Talks

TEXT SIZE - +
Zlatica Hoke
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Jerusalem this week, in hopes of reviving the long-stalled Middle East peace talks.
 
Kerry held one-on-one talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in Ramallah.  The two agreed to continue working together to find the best path to peace, but made no official statements after their meeting.
 
Kerry arrived in the West Bank from Turkey where he urged officials to restore full diplomatic relations with Israel as soon as possible in the interest of stability in the region.  
 
"We would like to see this relationship (between Israel and Turkey) that is important to stability in the Middle East, critical to the peace process itself, we would like to see this relationship get back on track in its full measure. To be back on track in its full measure, it is imperative that the compensation component of the agreement be fulfilled, that the ambassadors be returned and that a full relationship be embraced," he said. 
 
During Kerry's meeting Sunday with Turkish  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a group of protesters demonstrated against his visit.
 
On Monday, Kerry will hold separate talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli President Shimon Peres, after taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony to mark Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a commemoration at the country's Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem on Sunday.   
 
"What has changed since the Holocaust is our determination and our ability to defend ourselves, defend ourselves on our own.  We appreciate the international community's efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program, but at no stage will we leave our fate in the hands of others, even our closest friends," he said. 
 
As the nation began commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel after sundown on Sunday. 
 
Kerry will meet with Netanyahu on Tuesday before leaving for London. 

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Dr. Hans F from: Germany
April 08, 2013 12:42 AM
German Intelligence firmly believes that the Arabs are determined to destroy Israel. There is no difference between so called "Palestinians" or Egyptians, Iraqis, Saudi Arabians... absolutely no difference. Israel as a fierce pluralistic democracy can not afford to have an Autocratic theocratic suicidal murderous Muslim "state" by its side. it is absolutely despicable for the US to ask Israel to accommodate a murderous Muslim Arabs on its immediate borders. the solution is transference of all "Palestinians" to their native Jordan. construct strong borders and mount an effective and credible deterrence.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid