Kerry ‘cautiously optimistic’ on end to violence after Netanyahu meeting in Berlin

US Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from a four hour meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday expressing “cautious optimism” that steps will be implemented in the coming days that could lead to a deescalation of the current violence.

Kerry, before a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he was “cautiously encouraged that we discussed a number of different things that now need to be discussed with [Jordan’s] King Abdullah, with [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas, [and] with others in the region.”

Kerry is scheduled to meet with both men over the weekend in Amman, amid reports that they did not agree to a summit together with Netanyahu.


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