Member of Knesset Ophir Akunis (Likud) laid blame on the Palestinian Authority for the failed attempt to restart negotiations. "Israel wants to renew talks, but does not have to beg for renewed talk," h stated, during a tour of Samaria on Tuesday. He added that the other side "has us negotiating the very existence of negotiations. It's not serious," MK Akunis said. United States Secretary of State John Kerry was in Israel several days ago seeking to restart talks.