Pope Francis is to make a brief visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories from May 25, his first to the Holy Land, Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot said.
Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
US President Barack Obama met privately at the White House with lead negotiators for the Israeli and Palestinian delegations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is finalising his selection of a team to help shepherd Middle East peace talks on a day-to-day basis, a US official said.
US President Barack Obama called up Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a host of issues, including Egypt, Syria and Iran.
US Secretary of State John Kerry met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and planned to return to Jerusalem for more talks with Israel as he continues his Mideast diplomacy to get negotiating.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Israel to work towards resolving its dispute with Palestine.
The issue of Jewish settlements has been at the heart of a nearly five-year impasse in peace efforts.
Israel`s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured the US that resuming peace talks with the Palestinians tops his agenda.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s senior coalition partner says that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic.
Day in Pics: 30th September
Showbiz World - September 30, 2014
George Clooney - Amal Alamuddin grand Venice wedding