In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the spring, Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Dec. 12 on his ninth trip of the year. In closed door talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and Friday, Kerry will be following up on elements of a West Bank security plan, ideas for which he unveiled on his most recent visit to the region just last week, and other points of potential progress.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the spring, Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Dec. 12 on his ninth trip of the year. In closed door talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and Friday, Kerry will be following up on elements of a West Bank security plan, ideas for which he unveiled on his most recent visit to the region just last week, and other points of potential progress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AP
In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the spring, Kerry arrives in the Middle East on Dec. 12 on his ninth trip of the year. In closed door talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and Friday, Kerry will be following up on elements of a West Bank security plan, ideas for which he unveiled on his most recent visit to the region just last week, and other points of potential progress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AP

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