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Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened the Palestinians on Sunday with unilateral reprisals as the two sides prepared for last-ditch talks with a US envoy on salvaging teetering peace talks. He said Israel would retaliate if the Palestinians proceed with applications to adhere to 15 international treaties. "These will only make a peace agreement more distant," he said of the applications the Palestinians submitted on Tuesday. "Any unilateral moves they take will be answered by unilateral moves at our end."

Israel threatens unilateral measures against Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Israel would take unilateral measures against the Palestinians if they go ahead with applications to adhere to international treaties. "These will only make a peace agreement more distant," he said of the applications the Palestinians made on Tuesday to adhere to 15 treaties. "Any unilateral moves they take will be answered by unilateral moves at our end."

Kerry warns U.S. is evaluating role in Middle East peace talks

By Lesley Wroughton RABAT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Washington was evaluating whether it was worth continuing its role in Middle East peace talks, signaling his patience with the Israelis and Palestinians was running out. There was a limit to U.S. efforts if the parties themselves were unwilling to move forward, Kerry said during a visit to Morocco after a week of setbacks.

US reviews Mideast peace push as tit-for-tat moves multiply

Washington said Friday it was reviewing its push for a Middle East peace agreement as a spiral of tit-for-tat moves by Israel and the Palestinians took hard-won talks close to collapse. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has invested more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy, said there were "limits" to the time Washington could devote to the process. "This is not open-ended," Kerry said in Morocco, adding that it was "reality check" time and he would evaluate with President Barack Obama Washington's next move.

US reviews Mideast peace push as tit-for-tat moves multiply

Washington said Friday it was reviewing its push for a Middle East peace agreement as a spiral of tit-for-tat moves by Israel and the Palestinians brought hard-won talks close to collapse. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has invested more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy in the talks process, said there were "limits" to the time Washington could devote to it. "This is not open-ended," Kerry said on a visit to Morocco, adding that it was "reality check" time and he would evaluate with President Barack Obama what Washington does next.

US reviews Mideast peace push as tit-for-tat moves multiply

Washington said Friday it was reviewing its push for a Middle East peace agreement as a spiral of tit-for-tat moves by Israel and the Palestinians brought hard-won talks close to collapse. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has invested more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy in the talks process, said there were "limits" to the time Washington could devote to it. "This is not open-ended," Kerry said on a visit to Morocco, adding that it was "reality check" time and he would evaluate with President Barack Obama what Washington does next.

Israel halts Palestinian prisoner release as talks falter

Israel has called off the planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, placing already embattled peace talks in further jeopardy after both sides took steps Washington called "unhelpful". Israel's chief negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, told her Palestinian counterparts on Thursday the planned releases cannot go ahead because the Palestinians had formally requested accession to several international treaties, a source close to the talks told AFP.

Baird expresses 'serious concern' with stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Wednesday he is seriously concerned about the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Baird's remarks follow some blunt talk from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who called on leaders from both sides to "lead" and prevent the current round of negotiations from falling apart. The impasse came after the Palestinians said they would seek greater United Nations recognition, which Israel opposes, after Israel refused to release a group of Palestinian prisoners.

U.S. hopes hit arid reality in Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Crispian Balmer and Lesley Wroughton JERUSALEM (Reuters) - From the moment Middle East peace talks resumed last July, it always looked as if U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was more eager to strike a deal than either the Israelis or Palestinians. While the two old foes have said repeatedly that they want to talk, neither side has looked remotely ready to make the sort of concessions that might eventually lead to peace.

Frustrated Kerry urges leadership from Israel PM, Abbas

A frustrated US secretary of state demanded Thursday action from recalcitrant Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying it was time for them to demonstrate leadership in the crisis-hit peace talks. But John Kerry acknowledged in Algiers that negotiators from the two sides had made "progress" in lengthy overnight talks in Jerusalem, also attended by the Americans.
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