US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed his push to advance peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an ultra-nationalist who doubts a deal to end the decades-old conflict is possible.
Kerry on Thursday began his 10th visit to the Middle East in just under a year to push Israel and the Palestinians to agree to a framework agreement before a nine-month deadline set for the talks ends in May.
Kerry plans to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later Friday. On Thursday, he held a five-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The talks have been clouded by deep rifts over core issues, including borders, the status of Jerusalem, mutual recognition and the fate of Palestinian refugees.