(JNS.org) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is disappointed in the conduct of
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior Israeli diplomatic
official said on Sunday after Kerry departed Israel following his latest
attempt to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
John Kerry speaks on his latest trip to Israel. Credit: Israel Hayom video.
Before taking off from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Kerry promised
to return soon and announced that two of his aides would remain in Israel to
work on bridging remaining differences that are preventing the resumption of
A senior Israeli diplomatic official said, “Most of the American
pressure is directed at [Abbas] right now,” Israel
Kerry, on his fifth trip to Israel since becoming Secretary of State in
February, did not succeed in arranging a meeting between Abbas and Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Abbas “presented to Kerry three conditions for the renewal of
negotiations: the complete cessation of construction in Judea and Samaria, the
release of all security prisoners who were arrested before the Oslo Accords and
that talks on borders be based on the 1967 lines,” the Israeli official said. “All
of these… are not acceptable to Netanyahu as conditions for the renewal of