Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he has “serious, serious concerns” about the framework peace proposal Secretary of State John Kerry is presenting to Israel and the Palestinians.
He made the comment when he spoke in Jerusalem Friday during Kerry’s separate visit, according to The Associated Press.
Kerry arrived in Israel on Thursday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; he will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Friday.
McCain was in Israel with Republican colleagues Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John Barrasso (Wyo.) after visiting Afghanistan.
The AP reports McCain said he shares Netanyahu’s concerns about whether the plan Kerry will offer contains enforceable options that don’t harm Israel’s security.
Kerry, however, clarified at a press conference on Thursday that the framework being discussed wouldn’t be imposed by the United States on either party.
After kick-starting direct talks between the two sides in July, Kerry has aimed to reach a final peace deal by the end of April.