Kerry on Israel-Palestine Pece Talks: It's Not a Mission Impossible

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The United States will help Israel and the Palestinians establish "fixed, defined parameters" for a permanent peace deal, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday, as troubled negotiations enter a new year and lurch toward a spring deadline for an accord.

Five months into the talks that he pushed both sides to begin last summer, Kerry is stepping into a more direct role as mediator. The immediate goal is an "agreed framework" to guide the final and most difficult phase of talks on how to settle the decades-old conflict, Kerry said.