Sources in the know told the Palestinian al-Quds newspaper that US Secretary of State John Kerry will make a mid-month visit to the Palestinian Authority for the first time since entering the position. Kerry is also expected to visit Israel prior to US President Barack Obama's expected spring visit.
The sources told the newspaper that "These American measures are important since they emphasize the US commitment to peace. We hope this will assist in putting pressure on Israel to reach a two-state solution, stop settlement-building and release of all prisoners. (Roi Kais and Atilla Somfalvi)