Israel, Palestinians talk tough ahead of Kerry visit
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel and the Palestinians sharpened their rhetoric as US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region on Wednesday hoping to nudge the two sides towards a peace framework.
The latest United States quest for a long-elusive peace deal has shown little sign of progress since Kerry managed to revive direct talks in July, and this week leaders on both sides questioned the other's commitment to ending the decades-old conflict.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned on Tuesday that his side would take "diplomatic and legal" action against Israel in order to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements on land the Palestinians want for their future state.
"We will not remain patient as the settlement cancer spreads, especially in (annexed Arab east) Jerusalem, and we will use our right as a United Nations observer state by taking political, diplomatic and legal action to stop it," he said.