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Friday, January 10, 2014

What a relief....

What a relief... The United States says that US Secretary of State John FN Kerry is NOT trying to convince the Arab League to endorse the idea of Israel as a Jewish state. I was SO worried about that possibility....
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, at her daily press briefing Wednesday afternoon in Washington, denied reports that Kerry was pressing the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia to alter the Arab League peace initiative.
Kerry met the kings of both countries on Sunday, and is scheduled to meet in Paris in the coming days with representatives of the Arab League’s Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee to update them on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, as part of his continued efforts to drum up wide Arab support for the negotiations.
“It would not be accurate to say there was an attempt to change the Arab Peace Initiative,” Psaki said.
Despite persistent questioning on the matter, Psaki would not say whether the US would like to see a change on this matter in the Arab league plan.
When asked whether the US wanted to see the Arab world recognize Israel as a Jewish state, she replied, “We want to see them support, which they’ve indicated they would, a final-status agreement between the parties. What is included in there is not yet determined.”
Psaki would not address the issues of whether the US was pressuring the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Kerry might be back here next week. But if he does come back, you can bet that he won't be looking for any 'Palestinian' or other Arab concessions.

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