Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the resumption Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

“The representatives of two proud people today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling,” Kerry said in Amman, Jordan on Friday, where he was on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his job in February.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would have “tough choices” to make as talks proceed, said Kerry.

It was not clear what the terms of the resumption of talks were. The Palestinians had demanded that talks be based on the 1967 lines; Israel had resisted such terms.

Bloomberg News reported that top negotiators from both sides — Israeli Justice Minister Tsipi Livni and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat — would meet next week in Washington to advance the talks.

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