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  5/23/2013, Sivan 14, 5773

Kerry: Peace is Up to Israel and the PA


President Shim'on Peres hosted a diplomatic working meeting, Thursday evening, with Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace process, the threat of a nuclear Iran and the strategic relations between Israel and the US. In joint statements before the meeting went private, Peres expressed his condolences for the victims of this week's tornado in Oklahoma and expressed appreciation for Kerry's efforts on the Israel-PA  front and efforts to end the Syrian civil war, explaining, "What you are doing is a human mission, not just a political necessity. Here too we shall be on your side in the best way you can, where necessary to speak but where necessary also to stay silent. Both are needed and we shall follow your advice to make your burden easy and your success full."

Kerry began by thanking Peres for his words and said, I am convinced with great humility that this moment is a critical one for the region and particularly for Israel, for Palestine and for Jordan. I think there is an opportunity but for many reasons it's not on the tips of everyone's tongue. People in Israel aren't waking up every day and wondering if there will be peace because there is a sense of security and a sense of accomplishment and of prosperity. But I think that if you look over the horizon, as you do so often, one can see the challenges and I think the importance of trying to resolve this at this moment when there is a willingness for people to look for a way cannot be overstated. It's not me Mr. President – it really is a question of whether Israel and the Palestinians make the choices and the United States of America through President Barack Obama is completely at the disposal of both parties to try and help bridge the divide." He concluded,"Our hope is that the leaders in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority will find the way to compromise and to achieve both of their goals and I look forward to working with you on that enterprise."