Kerry and U.S. negotiator Martin Indyk will meet with Israeli
justice minister Tzipi Livni and envoy Itzik Molho later on
Monday "to continue the discussion on a framework for
negotiations," the State Department said in a statement.
Meetings between Indyk and Livni, who heads the Israeli
negotiating team, will continue on Tuesday when Kerry travels to
Switzerland for a Syria peace conference.
"We expect the Palestinian negotiating team to travel to
Washington early next week," the State Department said.
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations resumed in July after a
three-year halt, with Kerry leading the push for an accord
within nine months. But both Israeli and Palestinians have
expressed doubts about his efforts.
Palestinians see a major obstacle in Israel's settlements of the
occupied West Bank where they seek statehood. Many Israelis
doubt Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's credibility as a
peace partner, especially as Gaza, the other Palestinian
territory, is governed by rival Hamas Islamists who oppose
While details of the talks have been kept secret, Kerry has
often said progress is being made in the talks. But both Israel
and the Palestinians have predicted the nine-month target date
for a deal will not be met.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton)
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