Kerry aides set low expectations for latest trip to Israel

WASHINGTON — There is "no particular significance" to the timing, nor any specific goal set for US Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Israel this week, his aides told reporters over the weekend.

Kerry plans to visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah to discuss "the normal things you’d imagine we’d have to talk about," said one senior administration official. "We’re not trying to make any kind of an agreement with the Israelis ourselves, and we’re certainly not trying to make any kind of agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians to resume negotiations or otherwise."

The Obama administration has now twice tried and failed to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, once under Kerry’s direction in 2013. Those negotiations produced no tangible results.


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