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(photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Young)
RAMALLAH, West Bank) - US Secretary of State John Kerry
stepped off the diplomatic track on Thursday and onto a West Bank street where
he sampled a shawarma sandwich and a pistachio-sprinkled Palestinian
In a rare gesture for a US secretary of state - but a staple of
US political campaigns - Kerry dropped by the Samer Restaurant in the
Palestinian city of Ramallah to enjoy typical Middle Eastern fare.
that is good," Kerry said after biting into his shawarma, a sandwich filled with
slivers of meat roasted on a rotating spit, typically wrapped in pita bread and
garnished with tomatoes, tahini sauce, hummus and pickled turnips.
top US diplomat, who is in Israel and the Palestinian territories to try to
revive peace talks that collapsed
in 2010, then walked across the street to a
sweet shop owned by the same man. There he dug into Kunafeh, a cheese pastry
soaked in sweet syrup, and sipped coffee.
While US secretaries of state
have traveled to the West Bank dozens of times, they seldom step out of their
official meetings to sample the local culture. One of Kerry's aims is to perk up
the Palestinian economy, something he may have done in a very small measure by
insisting on paying for his food.