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US retracts Kerry's accusations against Israel

"US Secretary of State John Kerry was clear throughout the negotiations saying that the two sides have taken futile steps and he avoided the entire time to involve himself in the game of accusations against this or that party," US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

Psaki's remarks came as an apparent attempt by the US to ease the Israeli reactions over remarks that Kerry's accused Israel of taking responsibility for ruining the negotiations.

"Secretary Kerry addressed the courageous steps taken by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move the peace process forward," Psaki said, pointing out that now "it is up to the leaders of both sides to take courageous decisions to move the negotiations in the positive direction."

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