AMMAN, Jordan — Israel and the Palestinians are nearly ready to resume stalled peace talks but have some particulars to work out, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday, as he won an important Arab endorsement of terms for negotiations that fall short of long-standing Palestinian demands.
The Arab League backed Kerry’s efforts to begin a new round of peace talks without many of the conditions set by the Palestinians.
“The idea presented by Kerry is considered a suitable ground and atmosphere to start the talks, especially regarding the important political, financial and security elements,” the Arab League said in a statement issued shortly after Kerry briefed influential Arab diplomats in Jordan.
“The delegation also expressed hope that this will lead to serious talks” on establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel and bringing a wider peace to the Middle East, the statement said.
Kerry also had his second meeting in two days with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been reluctant to agree to terms for talks that many Palestinians see as too generous to Israel. Kerry extended his stay in Jordan in part to await the outcome of a meeting Thursday between Abbas and key members of the Palestine Liberation Organization that could decide whether the Palestinians return to the bargaining table.