WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the U.S. isn’t ready to write off Mideast peace negotiations, even after Israel broke off talks with Palestinian leaders who are trying to create a coalition government with the militant group Hamas.
‘‘There is always a way forward,’’ Kerry told reporters in brief remarks at the State Department.
However, Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to make necessary compromises so that the nine months of negotiations can continue after an April 29 deadline. If they won't, he said, peace ‘‘becomes very elusive.’’
‘‘We will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities for peace,’’ he said. ‘‘We believe it is the only way to go. But right now, obviously, it’s at a very difficult point and the leaders themselves have to make decisions. It’s up to them.’’
Over the last month, both sides in the troubled talks have each taken unhelpful steps and caused setbacks that have signaled an impending collapse of the negotiations. That has forced Kerry to divert focus from crises across the world, including in Ukraine and Syria, in his quest to shepherd through a Mideast peace agreement that has foiled U.S. diplomats for years.
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