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        1/6/2014, Shevat 5, 5774

      Kerry Fails to Establish Framework Agreement

      Aljazeera reports that according to a report in Israeli daily Maariv, Kerry pressed Netanyahu to agree to a formula which would enable the return of some Palestinian refugees, who fled or were expelled from Israel when the Jewish state was created in 1948.

      Netanyahu refused, Maariv said. According to the newspaper, adds Aljazeera, Israeli negotiators also wish to extend talks beyond their agreed April deadline to January 2015, in return for freezing some town construction in Judea and Samaria.

      Kerry has left the region without achieving his stated goal of bringing the sides to accept a framework agreement.