Palestinian negotiator to meet with Kerry on Thursday

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The visit comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed renewed interest in peace talks following his conservative party's drubbing during recent elections. This week, he announced that former opposition leader and foreign minister Tzipi Livni would join his government and lead peace talks with the Palestinians.

Kerry has made reviving talks toward a two-state solution an early priority of his term in office, calling both Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas the weekend before he took office. Negotiations have been on ice for the past three years because of disagreements surrounding Israeli settlement activity and the borders of a future Palestinian state.