Secretary of State John Kerry named veteran Middle East diplomat Martin Indyk to be his envoy for talks between Israelis and Palestinians, a U.S. official said today.
Indyk, a former ambassador to Israel and an Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs under President Bill Clinton, has been director for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington policy group.
Kerry will announce the choice today at the State Department, according to the official, who asked not to be identified in advance of the secretary’s statement.
Kerry has pushed Israelis and Palestinians to resume negotiations that have sputtered for two decades, with negotiators from both sides set to begin talks with Kerry in Washington today. Kerry hammered out the terms of negotiations in months of intense shuttle diplomacy and has kept the terms under tight wraps. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the talks will last for nine months.