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A crane is seen next to homes in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim January 3, 2014. Israel on Friday published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push peace efforts with the Palestinians. Picture taken January 3, 2014.
A crane is seen next to homes in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim January 3, 2014. Israel on Friday published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push peace efforts with the Palestinians. Picture taken January 3, 2014.
(AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

Is Mideast peace being blocked by ancient Israeli plans?

Time is running out in the U.S.-backed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks scheduled to end in April. And so, it seems, is U.S. patience.

Secretary of State John Kerry went to Jerusalem and Ramallah last weekend for the 10th time since last summer when the nine-month talks were announced and he carried an ultimatum: either put aside your differences and agree to a framework for a final peace agreement or do without U.S. support.