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President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson also warned of weaknesses in the Iran nuclear deal.
"...we worked very hard to restart negotiations between the two sides... Unfortunately, the parties were not willing to make the difficult choices necessary to move forward with the negotiations."
The US publicly told its partners on the Security Council that it would consider each draft resolution on its merit, but says that it never indicated how it would vote– up until the vote itself.
Some countries believe agreement on a resolution would be easier to achieve before Israeli elections in March.
Remarks come after US secretary of state meets with Abbas and then holds trilateral meeting with Netanyahu and Abdullah.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
US secretary of state meets with Abbas and then holds trilateral meeting with Netanyahu and Abdullah; all leaders pledge support for plan.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Kerry in the Jordanian capital earlier on Thursday and with Abdullah on Wednesday.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Peacemakers, not their opposition, must control the fate of Jerusalem and the process toward a solution between Israel and the Palestinians, US Secretary of State says.
By MICHAEL WILNER
Fears of religious conflict, or Intifada, "extremely concerning" to Washington.
US secretary of state says there is an urgent need to renew peace talks; rebuffs reports that Obama aims to freeze Congress out of decision-making process on Iran deal.
By REUTERS,JPOST.COM STAFF
At Gaza donor conference, US secretary of state pledges additional $212 million for Palestinians, but says money not enough; Abbas says perpetual state of war no longer acceptable.
The bottom line of nine months of talks is that nothing really moved, and nothing significant changed – except one thing: US Secretary of State John Kerry’s credibility with the Israeli public.
By HERB KEINON
Rumors swirl of imminent release of Pollard by US as part of negotiations to prolong talks between Israel and Palestinians.
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