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Netanyahu Gloomy as Kerry Returns for Peace Talks

The struggle over land still wages in Palestine and Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas each firmly set on advancing their own interests. As reported by, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is now on his 10th visit to the area, in hopes of furthering peace talks. Reportedly, Washington hopes that Kerry will be able to facilitate a permanent peace agreement by April 2014, but on this trip he plans simply to speak with both Netanyahu and Abbas – separately – regarding more short-term framework of such a treaty.

However, both leaders have expressed willingness to stand their ground during negotiations if compromise seems detrimental to their nations. For example, Netanhayu’s Deputy Foregin Minister Zeev Elkin declared that “The Jordan Valley,” a highly contested piece of land, “must be under Israel’s sovereignty forever,” or things might slip back to the Israel’s plight before its borders were recognized and made official.