Palestinians will reject any effort by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to broker an interim peace deal with Israel when he returns to the region tomorrow, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official said today.
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a memorandum of understanding today that outlines regional water-sharing initiatives from the Red Sea to Dead Sea to relieve shortages in the arid lands, the World Bank said.
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said his country could face economic sanctions if talks with the Palestinians fail to reach a peace deal, and pledged his Yesh Atid party would back a negotiated agreement.
Israel will retaliate against violations of its territory, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says in e-mailed statement. * Earlier story: Israel Providing Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Villages, Ya’alon Says NSN MX8C926S972X <GO> * NOTE: Israeli troops fired into Syria yday after mortar hit Israeli-held part of Golan * NOTE: Israel captured southern section of Golan from Syria in 1967, later annexed it in a move that is not internationally recognized