In Marathon Mideast Talks, Kerry Cites 'Progress'
Wraps frantic Israel-Palestine negotiations with invite to return
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2013 8:46 AM CDT
Secretary of State John Kerry smiles at a question from a reporter during a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sunday, June 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

(Newser) – John Kerry concluded four days of 'round-the-clock Mideast negotiations today with some hopeful words, saying a new round of talks on a final peace deal could be "within reach." "I ... know progress when I see it, and we are making progress," he told reporters. "We started out with very wide gaps and we have narrowed those considerably." This being Israel and the Palestinians, however, there's still more to go. "I cannot say we have a breakthrough," says the Palestinians' chief negotiator. Still, both sides have asked Kerry to return, reports the AP. "This has been years and years," Kerry said, and it's negligible "if it takes another week or two weeks ... compared to the stakes."

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Jul 1, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
Wag the Dog,Kerry, Obama is proud of your deflections from Real problems
Jul 1, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
John Kerry, Obama and Chuck Schumer to name a few, are what’s wrong with the Democratic party, the ignorant fools who listen to mainstream news and vote are why this country is going down hill. Most politicians are only interested in re election but some like Obama and Kerry are destroying our country.
Jul 1, 2013 3:39 AM CDT
Reagan accomplished what he had promised for decades before becoming president, to bring down Communism and taxes. So he accomplished the two things he promised to do. He never said he was going to bring peace to the Middle East. When he sent troops into Lebanon, and all those Marines were murdered, and he saw he was dealing with homocidal maniacs, he pulled them out. He was a sane man, and no reckless cowboy actor as the liberals always tried to portray him as being.