Any prospects of US Secretary for State John Kerry producing a framework agreement possibly serving as the basis for ongoing negotiations designed to achieve the creation of a Palestinian Arab State between Jordan and Israel for the first time in recorded history were well and truly shattered at a joint press conference held by Kerry with chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat in Ramallah on January 4, 2014.

Kerry highlighted the real problem confronting him in concluding any such framework agreement:

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