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For U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, diplomacy has centered on what might be called the art of the interim deal.Kerry's tool has been the "framework agreement".When Kerry hits impasses, he can turn to rollover agreements that extend the discussions for another six or nine months while the participants try to crack the final status issues.He got the two sides to agree last July to open negotiations and make friendly gestures. Now, with his nine-month window set to close in April, Kerry is drafting an interim framework agreement for this problem, too. The prospect of a framework agreement, of the sort Kerry is seeking, seemed tantalizingly close in comments by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the gathering, which was sponsored by the Institute for National Security Studies.
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