Kerry Heading to Israel to Update Netanyahu on Syria Deal

Kerry is in Geneva for talks with his Russian FM Sergei Lavrov over the plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons and avert U.S. military action. He will meet with Netanyahu and Abbas on Sunday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel on Sunday, and he will update Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in securing a deal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

Over the weekend, Kerry will continue with talks in Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in an attempt to confirm the Russian plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons, and avert U.S. military action.

A senior U.S. State Department official told Haaretz that Kerry's visit will deal with Syria, but also with peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry will meet Sunday with Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Kerry and Lavrov said on Friday they hoped that talks on Syria's chemical weapons would help revive an international plan for a "Geneva 2" conference to end the war in Syria.

After meeting UN special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva, where they are trying to confirm Russia's plan, Lavrov and Kerry said they agreed to try and make progress on a broader effort to end a conflict that has divided the Middle East and world powers.

Kerry, who said the ongoing talks on chemical weapons were "constructive," told a news conference in Geneva that he and Lavrov planned to meet in New York later this month and hoped to agree a date for the Geneva 2 conference then.