U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s bid to push forward faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks moves to Jordan on Thursday amid complaints from both sides that the other is harming the three-month-old negotiations.
Kerry is meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman for their second discussion in as many days. The senior U.S. diplomat met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu twice on Wednesday and will hold talks with him a third time Friday, in Jerusalem.
Palestinian officials have complained about Israel’s continued settlement construction in areas the Palestinians want as part of a future state. Netanyahu expressed concern about the state of the talks on Wednesday and accused the Palestinians of creating “artificial crises.”
Kerry, who reiterated that the United States considers the settlements “illegitimate,” said he is determined to pursue the chance for peace.
He also noted that there are always “difficulties” and “tensions” within negotiations, but that he is confident the parties can work through them.
Following his stop in Jordan, Kerry is due to visit the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Morocco. VOA