John Kerry doubtful Israeli-Palestinian framework deal is imminent

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat address reporters on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 30, 2013. Credit: State Department.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Has U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lost his trademark optimism regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations?

In an interview with the Saudi-based Al Arabiya network on Thursday, Kerry was asked whether he thought a framework agreement between the two sides was imminent. Kerry responded that he doubted such a deal could be reached next month.

“My hope is we can achieve the framework for final status negotiations,” Kerry said. “But it’s very, very difficult and we have a lot of work to do.”

Posted on January 24, 2014 .