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Sniping from both sides shadows Kerry's diplomatic pursuit of peace for Israel, Palestinians

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, ahead of their meeting at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)The Associated Press

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, walks in front of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, ahead of their meeting at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)The Associated Press

  • U.S. Sen. John McCain answers a question during a press conference at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Republican Sen. McCain said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "serious, serious concerns" about parts of the proposal Secretary of State John Kerry is using to broker peace with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)The Associated Press

  • U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, left, speaks as John McCain listens during a press conference at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Republican Sen. McCain said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "serious, serious concerns" about parts of the proposal Secretary of State John Kerry is using to broker peace with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)The Associated Press

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk before a meeting at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Kerry took the tenth trip to the region to negotiate a peace deal he claims is "not mission impossible." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)The Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's closed-door diplomacy to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians has burst into a public spat.

Both sides are trading blistering criticisms, Republican senators are showing up in Jerusalem to argue Israel's side, and Palestinian demonstrators are protesting Kerry's visit.

Kerry is on his 10th visit to the region to try to craft a peace treaty that would create a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

He met for three hours on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Later in the day, Kerry traveled to Ramallah, West Bank, to speak with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Although battered by all the sniping, Kerry remained upbeat — at least publicly. Asked if he was making progress, Kerry says progress is being made every day.