Kerry makes new, ambitious Mideast peace push

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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 1:04 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry could be spending a lot of time shuttling back and forth between Washington and the Middle East in the months ahead.

Kerry's on his third trip to Jerusalem in the last two weeks today, looking to get Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to a new and ambitious peace process. It involves reviving parts of a plan embraced by the Arab world a decade ago -- a plan that would have provided Israel with recognition throughout the Arab world, in exchange for a pullout of territory conquered in 1967.

Kerry is committing himself to an effort that could continue for months. He met today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. Yesterday, he sat down for one-on-one talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The secretary of state told reporters that he's convinced that the mistrust that has built up between the Israelis and Arabs can be broken down.

His foremost goal is to restart direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that have hardly taken place at all over the last four and a half years.

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GRAPHICSBANK: John Kerry (r), as US Secretary of State, lays a wreath during the annual ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem memorial, Jerusalem, Israel, graphic element on gray (8 Apr 2013)

APPHOTO DV105: Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the President's residence in Jerusalem, Monday, April, 8, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is looking to breathe new life into dormant Mideast peace talks in meetings Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, amid talk of modifying a decade-old Arab plan that's long been greeted with skepticism by the Jewish state. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool) (20 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO CAI126: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the US consulate in Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, April 8, 2013. Holocaust memorial day is one of the most solemn on Israel's calendar. Restaurants, cafes and places of entertainment are shut down, and radio and TV programming are dedicated almost exclusively to documentaries about the Holocaust, interviews with survivors and somber music. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool) (8 Apr 2013)

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