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All three parties gave a strong message of perseverance and a spark of hope, thanking President Obama and Minister-President Netanyahu for their courageous decisions to make these peace talks possible. Next meeting will be in the Middle-East and expected time to finish negotiations is nine months. A common time frame for creation!

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and Palestinians agree to remain in substantive negotiations

(Haaretz) 1 hour ago - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened a press conference Tuesday following the start of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington. The sides will hold their next round of peace talks within the next two weeks in Israel or the Palestinian territories, he said.

Kerry praised the sides for their engagement, adding that "both Netanyahu and Abbas have both demonstrated courageous leadership."

Kerry said that "the parties have agreed that all of the final status issues, core issues and other issues are on the table for negotiations." He added that the objective is to reach a final status agreement within nine months.

During the press conference, chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said Kerry has shown that nothing can stop a "true believer." Livni said that despite the hope, Israel cannot afford to be naïve and promised "to do everything for the security of Israel."

"It is not going to be easy. It will be hard with ups and downs. We are not going to argue about the past but talk about the future," she said. "There is a new opportunity, and we can't afford to waste it."

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat spoke briefly at the press conference saying "Palestinians have suffered enough and no one will benefit more from this process than the Palestinians."

Livni: Keeping talks secret essential to creating mutual trust. Watch for new videos at State.gov.

Obama meets Israeli, Palestinian negotiators

(JPost) - US President Barack Obama met privately with lead Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the day after they restarted long-stalled peace negotiations in Washington, a White House official said.

The meeting at the White House came after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that US Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.

In an interview with Israel Radio on Tuesday morning, Livni said she believes that Israel does not have the option of conceding defeat on a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians, and that such an agreement is in fact possible. She expressed a hopeful note at the outset of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. There was, she said, a positive atmosphere at the US State Department dinner on Monday night that served as the official start of the negotiations, three years after the last talks ended in failure.

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by Oui on Tue Jul 30th, 2013 at 02:37:33 PM EST

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