la-apphoto-mideast-israel-palestinians-us-20130630US Secretary of State John Kerry told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he has just weeks to make “tough political decisions” in talks with Israel over a two-state solution, during a bilateral meeting between the two men in Washington on Sunday. Kerry encouraged Abbas “to make the tough decisions that will be necessary in the weeks ahead,” a senior State Department official said after the meeting.  “He also reiterated that we are at a pivotal time in the negotiations and while these issues have decades of history behind them, neither party should let tough political decisions at this stage stand in the way of a lasting peace,” the official added. Kerry has called current negotiations— moderated almost exclusively by the secretary himself— the best chance for the Palestinians to achieve their desired aim of self-determination, fulfilled. MORE