Israel’s decision to suspend the peace talks is really three separate decisions. J.J. Goldberg explains how the move is sensible, questionable and downright inexcusable.
The Mideast peace talks are taking place under a veil of secrecy. That’s supposed to build trust — but so far it’s only leading to speculation about shared ill will.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is said to be willing to return to direct peace negotiations with Israel, reports Arab affairs correspondent Ehud Yaari of Israel’s Channel 2 TV News, who is probably Israel’s best informed and most respected reporter on the topic. Yaari claims that’s “what he [Abbas] is explaining in the corridors in Ramallah,” the Palestinian Authority capital.
Speaking of intelligence leaks, Israel had one last week that speaks volumes about the prospects for Kerry’s Middle East peace mission.
From Tuesday’s Yediot Ahronot, as translated in the emailed Daily News Update of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace comes a fairly detailed description by Alex Fishman of John Kerry’s game plan for restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Fishman is Yediot’s veteran, impeccably well-sourced military affairs correspondent. He attributes this information to State Department sources. It doesn’t appear on line (neither in Hebrew nor English) so I’m posting the Abraham Center’s translation below in full.
Center-right commentator Shalom Yerushalmi at Maariv argues that the rockets from Gaza seem likely to turn the upcoming Israeli elections once again into a referendum on who has bigger guns, meaning a Likud reelection. Sadly, he says, that would again bury the election that seemed to be shaping up, the one that Israel deserves, the one that’s typical in normal democracies, over the country’s intolerable social and economic inequities.
One can always dream, right?
The statehood bid was supposed to bring the Palestinian people one step closer to real independence. On the streets, there’s little sign of change anyone can believe in.