US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters late Tuesday that Washington has every intention of continuing to push forward negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority despite Ramallah’s decision to formally apply for full membership in 15 international organizations.

“What is important to say about the Middle East right now is it is completely premature tonight to draw any kind of judgment, certainly any final judgment, about today’s events and where things are,” Kerry said.

“This is a moment to be really clear-eyed and sober about this process.  It is difficult, it is emotional, it requires huge decisions, some of them with great political difficulty, all of which need to come together simultaneously.”


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