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Kerry meets Israel's Netanyahu in latest push for Mideast peace deal framework

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year. In closed-door talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and Friday, Kerry will be following up on elements of a West Bank security plan, ideas which he unveiled on his most recent visit to the region just last week, and other points of potential progress. Kerry's latest visit comes amid Palestinian unhappiness with the security plan and few, if any, tangible signs of progress.(AP Photo/Fadi Arouri, Pool)

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year. In closed-door talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and Friday, Kerry will be following up on elements of a West Bank security plan, ideas which he unveiled on his most recent visit to the region just last week, and other points of potential progress. Kerry's latest visit comes amid Palestinian unhappiness with the security plan and few, if any, tangible signs of progress.(AP Photo/Fadi Arouri, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, Kerry arrived in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, Kerry arrived in the Middle East on Thursday on his ninth trip of the year. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is greeted by Palestinian official Nabil Aburudaineh, right, before sitting down to talk to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, background,  in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday,  Dec. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is greeted by Palestinian official Nabil Aburudaineh, right, before sitting down to talk to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, background, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his latest push for Mideast peace.

Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy, Kerry was meeting Netanyahu Friday morning in his ninth trip of the year to the region amid a rare snowstorm that blanketed Jerusalem.

Concerned that a final status agreement may not be possible by the May target the two sides accepted when they resumed talks in August, U.S. officials say Kerry is hoping for a framework accord that would contain the principles of a comprehensive pact, but not specific details. If an outline were achieved, the negotiations could be extended beyond the nine-month timeline originally set by Kerry.

Kerry met Thursday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He departs later Friday for Vietnam.