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Kerry ‘determined’ to get Middle East peace deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about ongoing peace talks with Israel .

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about ongoing peace talks with Israel .

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he remains ‘‘committed’’ and ‘‘determined’’ to reaching a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV’s flagship investigative program ‘‘Uvda’’ aired Thursday, Kerry says he is not distracted by the naysayers and has not given up hope.

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Kerry said: ‘‘That’s not the way I operate. People who know me know that when I sink my teeth into something ... I try to get it done.’’

Kerry has visited the region more than a dozen times since talks were launched in July. With an April target date for an agreement approaching, Kerry will soon return with bridging proposals for a framework deal. Recently, both sides appear to have hardened their positions while questioning the effectiveness of Kerry’s efforts.

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