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US ambassador to Israel: Both sides in Israel-Palestinian conflict to be given draft deal soon


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Kerry is heading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet his conversations with the U.S. allies will undoubtedly turn to other Mideast trouble spots. Kerry said Saturday that progress is being made in the Israeli-Palestinian talks, yet key hurdles are yet to be overcome. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) (The Associated Press)

The U.S. ambassador to Israel says a framework proposal on all issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be presented to both sides soon.

Dan Shapiro told Israel Radio on Tuesday that the proposal will include security arrangements, borders, Jerusalem and all the other "core issues."

He said it will be presented to the Israelis and the Palestinians in a few weeks' time.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been visiting the region often since talks resumed last July, shuttling between Israel and Palestinian leaders to mediate talks.

Kerry has been pushing for the outlines of a peace deal. He is trying to nudge Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closer to a peace pact that would establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.