eace deal with srael still possi le as

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A SH NAH, o dan — Peace be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans is “ still pos­si­ble ” , Pales­tinian pres­i­dent Mah­mud Ab­bas has said, hail­ing US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry’s ef­forts to re­vive stalled talks.

In a speech to the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in the town of Al-Shu­nah on the banks of the Dead Sea in Jor­dan, Ab­bas on Satur­day called on Is­rael to “end the oc­cu­pa­tion of our lands”, evac­u­ate set­tle­ments and free Pales­tinian pris­on­ers.

“This is what will make peace and en­sure se­cu­rity for you and for us,” he said.

The Pales­tinian leader praised Kerry’s lat­est ef­forts to re­vive peace ne­go­ti­a­tions with Is­rael, which stalled nearly three years ago.

“Re­cently, we have seen con­crete ac­tions and tan­gi­ble at­tempts to restart the peace process through the ef­forts of US sec­re­tary Kerry, and that brings us hope,” he said.

Kerry on Fri­day urged Is­raeli and Pales­tinian lead­ers to take “hard de­ci­sions” to restart talks at the end of his fourth visit to the re­gion since he took of­fice in Fe­bru­ary.

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