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July 28, 2014


Kerry Facing Unusual Resistance in Israel

"After failing to win a deal to end fighting in Gaza last week, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to salvage Plan B: a succession of temporary cease-fires that he hopes might yet open the door to Israeli and Palestinian negotiations for a long-term solution," the New York Times reports.

"On Sunday, however, Mr. Kerry was having difficulty accomplishing even that, despite a phone call in which President Obama, in a sign of mounting impatience, urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to embrace an 'immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire' while the two sides pursued a more lasting agreement... Israel and Hamas seem to be dug in this time, with Israeli officials appearing dismissive of Mr. Kerry's push for a weeklong cease-fire in a way that few American secretaries of state have faced."












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