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Kerry Still Chasing Middle East Peace, But Remains Shorter on Specifics

John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State declared that peace was possible in between Israel and the Palestinians, even after the harsh conflict in Gaza this summer, Reuters reports, although no specifics were given. Peace talks brokered by Secretary Kerry fell apart  last April after Israel refused to agree to a Palestinian unity pact that included Hamas, a group that has as its charter, commitment to the destruction of Israel. Hamas was primarily responsible for firing rockets into Israel for months prior to Israel’s Operation in Gaza. It is uncertain that Prime Minister Netanyahu would be any more amenable to accepting an agreement now with the Palestinians that would include Hamas than he was prior to the conflict.

Funds to repair what is estimated as $4 billion of damage in Gaza was provided by several countries. The U.S. is giving an additional $212 million in aid, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, $200 million each and Qatar is donating $1 billion. The Egyptians have been calling for a renewed discussion of the 2002 Arab initiative, which would recognize the Jewish State as long as it retreats to its 1967 borders, a move that many critics believe is unsustainable in light of Israel’s security situation.

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