Kerry hopeful, says U.S. bid for Mideast peace not 'quixotic'

MUNICH Sat Feb 1, 2014 6:26am EST

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich February 1, 2014.

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MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that he remains hopeful that the Obama administration's effort to broker a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians can succeed.

The United States hopes to complete a "framework" accord in coming weeks and will then try to negotiate a final peace deal by the end of 2014, a U.S. official said this week, according to a participant in a briefing with American Jewish leaders.

"I am hopeful and we will keep working on it," Kerry, who despite widespread scepticism is leading the U.S. effort to push the two sides toward a deal, said during remarks at the Munich security conference.

"I believe in the possibility or I wouldn't pursue this," he said. "I don't think we're being quixotic ... We're working hard because the consequences of failure are unacceptable."

U.S. envoy Martin Indyk said the framework would address core issues in the conflict, including borders, security, refugees and Jewish settlements, a participant in the briefing said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, which includes pro-settler parties, has already shown signs of strain over talks on Palestinian statehood.

(Reporting by Missy Ryan; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (5)
AZreb wrote:
How many administrations, how many Secretaries of State have tried to broker a “peace” between Israel and Palestine? Does anyone remember the definition of insanity? If not, here it is: “Doing to same thing over and over (and over and over and over) again and hoping for a different outcome.”

Feb 01, 2014 7:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:
Whoops – goofed – should have been “the” and not “to” – but does it really make any difference in these “talks”?

Feb 01, 2014 7:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
@AZreb, you’re correct to correct yourself, sometimes people only comment to comment on other peoples incorrect comments.

Feb 01, 2014 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
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