Mahmoud Abbas
  • Palestinians use a ladder to climb over the separation barrier with Israel on their way to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at Al-Ram, north of Jerusalem, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up his drive to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, facing Palestinian reluctance over his formula for resuming peace talks after nearly five years.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 19, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT
  • FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2010 aerial file photo, taken through the window of an airplane, the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel is seen. From 2014, Israeli authorities must guarantee that all EU funding and cooperation projects are conducted within Israel's pre-1967 border and not in east Jerusalem, the West Bank or Golan Heights. A senior Israeli official is condemned the European Union's new directive banning EU dealings with settlements as "worrying" and counterproductive to peace talks. (AP Photo/Ari

    Israel condemned new guidelines which ban E.U. funding and cooperation with Israeli institutions operating in the occupied territories. 

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 16, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT