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Yacht trip confusion clouds Kerry’s work on Mideast peace

Despite overthrow in Egypt, he is still focused on talks

WASHINGTON — The State Department unexpectedly spent Friday deflecting criticism that Secretary of State John F. Kerry took an ill-timed Nantucket vacation as violence erupted in Egypt, but aides said his presence in the Middle East is still being felt in what has become for him another home away from home: The Yitzhak Rabin Suite of the David Citadel Hotel, overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City.

Kerry has been calling and e-mailing instructions to a team of negotiators he left behind in Israel last week in a special wing named for the slain Israeli peacemaker to continue pressing for a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process, according to US officials directly monitoring the behind-the-scenes diplomatic push.

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