Kerry's shuttle diplomacy lands him Jerusalem

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, June 28, 2013. It is Kerry's fifth visit to the region since becoming secretary of state in February to try to restart peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, which broke down in 2008. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has returned to Jerusalem for his second visit in less than 24 hours as he hopes to coax Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Kerry had a lengthy dinner meeting on Thursday night with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry then went back to Amman, Jordan — his base for this latest round of Mideast diplomacy — for talks Friday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

After that it was back again to Jerusalem to meet with the Israeli side after a short helicopter ride.

Kerry hopes his shuttle diplomacy can help restart talks to find a two-state solution to the conflict. He's on a two-week swing through the Middle East and Asia.