Talks with Palestinians unlikely despite Kerry bid: Israeli minister

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Posted: Jun 29, 2013 12:41 PM
Talks with Palestinians unlikely despite Kerry bid: Israeli minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A senior Israeli official on Saturday played down the prospect of shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reviving long-stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Asked whether new talks might be imminent, Civil Defense Minister Gilad Erdan, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet, told Israel's Channel Two television: "To my regret, no, as of now."

He blamed "preconditions" set by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whom Kerry met in Jordan twice in two days, alternating the meetings with talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey)