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Congressman Kennedy returns from Israel with new optimism for peace talks

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Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, who returned Monday from a 10-day fact-finding trip to the Middle East, says he has renewed hopes that peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians brokered by Secretary of State John F. Kerry will achieve a breakthrough. After meeting with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of a congressional delegation, the Newton Democrat said that despite all the challenges confronting the region -- including the civil war in Syria, political strife in Egypt, and threats from Iran and its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon -- there is a palpable sense of possibility compared with his previous visit there last year.

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