Kerry Will Meet with Israel’s PM, Palestine’s President amid Tensions

Kerry Will Meet with Israel’s PM, Palestine’s President amid Tensions
Sun Oct 18, 2015 18:56:48

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss heightened tensions in the occupied territories.

“Later this week, I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu because he will be in Germany...and then I will go to the region, I will meet with President Abbas, I will meet King Abdullah and others,” Kerry said Sunday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, according to Reuters.

He did not specify where and when the meeting with Abbas will take place.

Kerry will arrive in Germany on Thursday, according to unnamed US officials. The top US diplomat will then head to Jordan on Saturday, where he is expected to meet with the Palestinian leader.

Earlier this month, Kerry warned the Tel Aviv regime and the Palestinians to exercise restraint after violent clashes erupted in the Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“I would caution everybody to be calm, not to escalate the situation and to deal with this in a way that can find quick way back to the full restoration of the status quo,” he said.

US, Israel Resume Military Talks

Meanwhile, Marine General Joseph Dunford arrived in Israel on Saturday for his first foreign trip since becoming chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff a few weeks ago.

Dunford’s visit marks the official resumption of military talks between the US and Israel.

Netanyahu put the talks on hold before Iran and the P5+1 group of nations reached the nuclear agreement in July against Israel's will.

Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer said Sunday the "discussions over a new Memorandum of Understanding between Israel and the United States, which had been on hold for some time, resumed this past week in Washington."

New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio, was another US official that arrived in Tel Aviv on Saturday, describing his brief visit as a solidarity mission at a difficult time.

Ahead of the trip, the NYC mayor said his visit has "taken on extra meaning now because of the crisis in Israel."

The latest wave of Israeli-Palestinian clashes began last month, when the Israeli regime restricted the entry of some Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in August. Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by illegal Israeli settlers.

According to Palestinian sources, Israeli troops have killed at least 42 people since October 1; Press TV reported.


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