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Friday, June 28, 2013

When is a meeting not a meeting?

When is a meeting not a meeting? When it's attended by Binyamin Netanyahu and 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen without preconditions.
US Secretary of State John Kerry's formula for renewing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians consists of a marathon series of meetings between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, some to be attended by Kerry himself.
Netanyahu has already told the Americans he agrees to the plan, and heavy pressure is now being placed on Abbas to accept the formula. 
The talks would only be considered part of the efforts to renew negotiations, and would not constitute an actual renewal of negotiations themselves. This formula would allow Abbas to circumvent the preconditions to negotiations that he has set and avoid criticism.
And that depends on the definition of 'is.' What could go wrong?

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At 3:56 PM, Blogger mrzee said...

Negotiations to decide whether to negotiate on having negotiations. And people take this stuff seriously. Perhaps they should replace John Kerry with Monty Python.


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