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Israelis, Palestinians losing faith in Kerry's peace roadmap

With the stalling of the peace process, some Israelis and Palestinians are calling for the US Secretary of State John Kerry to stay out of the conflict.

TEL AVIV: Israel says it is "deeply disappointed" the United States will work with the new Palestinian Fatah-Hamas government, going as far as to accuse Washington of trying to derail the peace process.

The process has stalled despite all attempts by the US Secretary of State John Kerry to get Israelis and Palestinians to sit down and talk. And Kerry’s efforts to kick-start talks between Israelis and Palestinians have so far fallen on deaf ears.

Palestinians have taken to the streets to burn the American flag while some Israelis are calling for Kerry to stay out of the conflict. More and more people are asking if the US Secretary of State's path to peace will lead anywhere.

"I think some of this has little to do with Kerry's trustworthiness and more to do with the emotions around this issue. At the end of the day, I don't think mediation is the key to solving this conflict," said Owen Alterman from the Institute for National Security Studies.

Naomi Itzhaky, an Israeli activist who dreams of a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, does not believe Kerry is the one who can make it happen.

She said: "He is first of all, not from here and second of all, if I haven't even heard of him so much or felt what he does at all (even though) I'm so politically involved, it means he doesn't do much."

Naomi's colleague is Palestinian activist Jihad Abedullah, an Israeli Arab. In theory, they are on opposite sides of the conflict but ironically, it is their opposition to John Kerry that has them fighting alongside each other.

"I'm against this peace process that is happening right now, whether it's with America and John Kerry as the mediators or with any other country," said Mr Abedullah.

Kerry's task to get the two sides to sit at the negotiating table, let alone agree on concessions, is not an easy one.

There are three main sticking points.

The Palestinians want Jerusalem as their capital, but Israel regards Jerusalem as her capital and rejects dividing the city. The two sides also cannot agree on the borders of a future Palestinian state, neither can they agree on the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

The two sides currently seem further away than ever. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended all further talks after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced a deal to form a unity government with Hamas, a Palestinian faction that the Israeli government describes as a terrorist group.

A recent key speech given by the US President Barack Obama at the end of May did not mention the conflict at all, leaving many to think that Kerry's path to peace might just have lost its way.

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