"No Willingness" to work on peace between Israel and Palestine


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013 at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Gombert,Pool)

JERUSALEM (AP) Israel's opposition chief says Benjamin Netanyahu's views on a peace deal with the Palestinians remain an enigma, and that he's not sure the Israeli prime minister has the "mental willingness" to do what is needed.

Isaac Herzog of the Labor Party told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that "this is the big question of the day, whether Netanyahu has come to the conclusion that there has to be change."

Herzog has met recently with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He says "each one thinks the other one may not be willing to go as far as needed."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the region Thursday to prod both sides toward a deal. Herzog says the chance of success "is not zero."

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