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Kerry Starts Slow Process Of Reigniting Middle East Peace Talks

  • 07.15.13 10:46 AM EDT

Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East, just weeks after President Obama's first trip to Israel and the region in March. It's Kerry's third trip since he took office, and one he's expected to make several more times, as the administration tries to restart the process of Middle East peace. 

Kerry will not offer a specific peace plan for Palestine and Israel on this trip, saying he's there to listen and assess what's possible. He is expected to make such a proposal at some point in the coming months. 

When President Obama was in Israel in late March, he spoke repeatedly of the need for a sovereign Palestine and a "two-state solution."