Kerry in Israel to broker difficult phase of Mideast peace talks

Secretary of state in Israel for new round of peace talks


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to broker Mideast peace talks that are entering a difficult phase aimed at reaching a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Kerry landed In Tel Aviv on Thursday and was making his way to Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo). On Friday, he'll be in the West Bank to talk with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS').

Kerry is asking both leaders to make tough, highly charged political decisions that would yield the contours of an eventual peace treaty, creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Negotiators from both sides have had some 20 rounds of talks since the summer and this is Kerry's 10th trip to the region to help craft a final peace accord.