John Kerry the Secretary of State of the United States will arrive on Thursday in Israel. This will be his fifth visit to the Middle East nation in just three months. Kerry will make additional efforts to resume the talks between the Palestinians and Israel over peace.
Kerry will meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel on Thursday night and again on Saturday. In between, Kerry will have a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President in Jordan and with the Israel’s Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni Friday.
During a Wednesday press conference held in Kuwait, Kerry told reporters there was no deadline set to restart peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, which were halted over the renewed construction by Israel of settlement in the West Bank back in 2010.
However, Kerry did say it would be better if progress was made prior to September, when the General Assembly of the UN meets in New York.
Conflicting reports have come from both parties over the willingness and the optimism regarding the renewal of a peace process.
Thursday morning, members from both sides accused one another of not taking the issue seriously.
Jibril Rajoub, an official from the Palestinian Fatah told an Israeli Radio station that the ball is in Israel’s court. He also denounced the municipal committee of Jerusalem’s decision to build 69 housing units in Har Homa, a neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
Israeli lawmaker Ofir Akunis, who is from the Likud Party told the same radio that the peace talks resumption depended one side – the Palestinians.