Jerusalem • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Monday for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as peace talks have reached a critical make-or-break point.
The State Department said Kerry was flying from Paris to Tel Aviv for meetings that may be held in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Kerry spoke Monday with leaders from both sides as well as with the White House before deciding to go.
American mediators have been holding urgent talks with the two sides in hopes of salvaging the troubled negotiations and getting them to extend the talks beyond a current late-April deadline. With the parties unable to agree on the terms of a promised Israeli prisoner release, the negotiations risk collapse in the coming weeks.