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  3/3/2014, Adar Bet 1, 5774

Kerry: The Burden is Not Just on Netanyahu


Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States defended the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday. Asked by David Gregory of the National Broadcasting Company's "Meet the Press" if Netanyahu has to act for the peace process to be successful, he responded, "Well, everybody has to act, David. This isn’t just a question or a series of questions for Prime Minister Netanyahu. He’s been very courageous and he’s made tough decisions with respect to entering into these negotiations and some of the things that he’s indicated he’s willing to do in the negotiations. It’s also up to President [Mahmoud] Abbas [of the Palestinian Authority]. The Palestinians need to decide whether or not they’re prepared to compromise, whether or not they’re willing to do some of the things necessary. This is not a burden exclusive to one party or the other."

Kerry continued, "So we expect to have a good conversation. I don’t think it’s some showdown or anything. This has been a very cooperative, very engaged process on a daily basis with both parties. And even while Prime Minister Netanyahu will be here this week, there will be representatives of the Palestinians here too, and we’ll have some conversations with them. And hopefully over the next weeks, we can reach some kind of understanding about how to negotiate a final status agreement."