(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry is leaving Washington on the first day of the new year on a trip to the Middle East.
Kerry plans to travel to both Jerusalem and Ramallah, West Bank, to continue pushing for peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. On the trip, the secretary of state will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Israelis and Palestinians have been involved in a decades-long dispute over land, security, and claims to the city of Jerusalem, among other things. The two sides resumed peace talks this past summer, prompted by Kerry.
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