JERUSALEM, Israel -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel Thursday on his fourth visit in as many months to continue efforts to rekindle negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Kerry arrived from Jordan, where he met Wednesday with foreign ministers from the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to discuss a joint Russian-U.S. proposal for a "peace conference" to end the Syrian civil war.
About 250 pro-Assad demonstrators greeted ministers as they arrived for the meeting, chanting "Death to America" and "Go home, Kerry. We don't want you here," al Jazeera reported.
Kerry said the United States and its allies would consider supporting the opposition if Assad refuses to negotiate a political solution after more than two years of fighting and a death toll nearing 80,000. Kerry criticized Hezbollah's increasing role in the fighting and Iran's considerable support.
Meanwhile, Syrian Ambassador to Jordan Bahjat Suleiman said the meeting represents a U.S.-Israeli plot to destroy Syria. Suleiman accused Arab ministers of aiding the United States in its "aggressive, terrorist war, on behalf of Israel, to destroy Syria."