- Associated Press - Thursday, January 2, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says that finding peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not “mission impossible.”

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slamming the Palestinian leader as someone who embraces terrorists “as heroes.”

Kerry is 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, saying Abbas embraced terrorists as heroes when he welcomed Palestinian prisoners’ release from Israeli detention.

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