JERUSALEM – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has begun meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he attempts to breathe new life into faltering, three-month-old peace talks.
Kerry was meeting Wednesday morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Later, he is to travel to the West Bank town of Bethlehem to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and promote a Palestinian economic initiative.
After being launched in July with great fanfare, the negotiations quickly ran into trouble with no visible signs of progress and both sides reverting to a familiar pattern of finger pointing.
The talks are set to end in April and the current deadlock has raised speculation that the U.S. may need to step up its involvement.