Kerry pushes effort to restart peace talks

Escorted by security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, walks with Frank Lowenstein, senior advisor to the secretary on Middle East issues, through the streets of Jerusalem just after 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013 after finishing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that took over six hours. After the marathon meeting, Kerry decided to get some air by walking to a park near the hotel where he is staying and the meeting was held. Kerry is shuttling between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in hopes of restarting peace talks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the third time in three days, trying to press the restart button on talks between Israel and the Palestinians to end their long-running conflict.

Sunday is the fourth day of Mideast shuttle diplomacy for Kerry.

He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his advisers until after 3 a.m. Sunday in a hotel suite in Jerusalem.

There is deep skepticism that Kerry can get the two sides to agree on a two-state solution. It's something that's eluded presidents and diplomats for years. But the flurry of meetings has heightened expectations the two sides can be persuaded to restart talks, which broke down in 2008.