breakingnewsBREAKING NEWS:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will lobby on behalf of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts led by US Secretary of State John Kerry when she visits Israel on Monday. Kerry, who held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris on Thursday, is trying to nudge both sides at least to agree on a framework deal by the end of April although months of negotiations have made little visible progress.  Kerry says he is still seeking an overall accord to end the decades-old conflict, whose main issues include borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem. “We need a stable two-state solution as soon as possible, with a Jewish state of Israel as well as a state for the Palestinians,” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast on Saturday. Without such an agreement, neither Israel nor the Palestinians would have a prosperous future, she said. More