President Barack Obama will not bring a peace plan to Israel and the Palestinian Territories next month, but rather intends to listen, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Obama's plan to visit has raised speculation of a new US push to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stalled since 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
But Kerry, speaking to German students during his first foreign trip as Washington's top diplomat, played down expectations. "We're not going to go and sort of plunk a plan down and tell everybody what they have to do," Kerry said. (Reuters)