After all-night meeting with Netanyahu, Kerry going to Ramallah
After an all-night meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
on Sunday morning. Let's put the geography in perspective, I can walk up the block and see Ramallah, so the issue here isn't the travel. It's the length of the meetings and whether something is actually going on
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday morning in Ramallah before leaving
the region later in the afternoon, Israel Radio reported.
sit-down with Abbas, which would be Kerry's third meeting with the
Palestinian leader in the last three days, follows a late-night, hours
long meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. There had been
reports on Saturday that Kerry was on the verge of announcing a four-way
peace summit in Amman, though this was denied by an Israeli official.
Sources told Israel Radio that military officials, legal experts, and
political advisers sat in on the meeting between Kerry and Netanyahu,
perhaps suggesting that the session was not routine.
Kerry is expected
to convene a news conference later Sunday before his departure to
While there were reports in the Jordanian media on
Saturday that Kerry succeeded in securing an agreement for an
Israel-Palestinian-American-Jordanian summit later in the week in
Jordan, Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan, a member of the
security cabinet, denied that such a meeting was imminent.
best of my understanding, Abu Mazen (Abbas) is still demanding the same
preconditions, which we have no intention of meeting," Erdan said.
has consistently demanded a complete cessation of new construction in
east Jerusalem and in the settlements, a release of Palestinian
prisoners incarcerated before the Oslo accords, and an Israeli agreement
to use the 1967 lines as the baseline of the talks.
I am sure that after all this effort, Netanyahu is not going to willingly send Kerry away empty-handed. But since Netanyahu is the one who has shown flexibility, it is deeply disturbing that Kerry continues to try to press him, and is spending comparatively less time pressuring Abu Bluff. Netanyahu's coalition is unlikely to go along with the preconditions demanded by Abu Mazen, nor should they. It's long past time that the 'Palestinians' learned to compromise. If they can't it will prove once again that Naftali Bennett was right: The 'two-state solution' is dead.
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