Kerry: Not a `Mission Impossible'1/2/14
TEL AVIV, Israel - Secretary of State John Kerry says that finding peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not "mission impossible."
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) is slamming the Palestinian leader as someone who embraces terrorists "as heroes."
Kerry's in Israel to broker Mideast peace talks that are entering a difficult phase aimed at creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel. He's asking both leaders to make tough, highly charged political decisions.
Kerry said Thursday that parties in the ongoing talks have always known it will be a difficult road to peace, but - quote - "this is not mission impossible."
Netanyahu is criticizing the actions of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS'), saying Abbas embraced terrorists as heroes when he welcomed Palestinian prisoners' release from Israeli detention.