(CNN) - The long-dormant Middle East peace efforts got new life on Friday.
An agreement has been reached that "establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between" Palestinians and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Amman, Jordan.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, a meeting that comes at a tense time for the Middle East peace process.
Obama and Abbas will meet at the White House at a time of overwhelming international concern about Israel's recent raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza.
The late May raid left nine people dead and threatened to sow more seeds of resentment between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Early in May, Obama had called Abbas to praise the start of indirect peace talks between Israel and Palestinian leaders.