Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States said, Sunday, that real progress was made during his latest visit to the Middle East in restarting direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Adressing a news conference at Ben-Gurion International Airport, prior to leaving the area, he said "I believe that with a little more work, the start of final status negotiations could be within reach."
Kerry added, "We started out with very wide gaps and we have narrowed those considerably." He explained, "We have some specific details and work to pursue but I am absolutely confident that we are on the right track and that all the parties are working in very good faith in order to get to the right place." Kerry said he would return because both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the PA have asked him to.