Kerry warns Israel of troubles ahead if peace talks fail

by Lesley Wroughton, Reuters
November 7, 2013

AMMAN | U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Thursday that it could face a third Palestinian uprising and deepening international isolation if American-brokered peace negotiations failed.

Both Israelis and Palestinians have given grim assessments of the lack of progress in their talks, which the United States helped revive last July after a three-year hiatus. Violence has simmered and on Thursday, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian wielding a makeshift firearm in the occupied West Bank.

Kerry, speaking in Jordan a day after a visit to Israel, where he appealed for limits on its settlement building in the West Bank, said the negotiations had made “significant progress” in some areas.

He said it was important to keep aiming towards a full “final status” accord tackling issues at the core of the decades-old conflict, in contrast with more modest interim deals plagued by diplomatic deadlock and years of bloodshed.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television recorded in Jerusalem before he left for Amman, Kerry painted a bleak picture of what might lie ahead if peace is not achieved.

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