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Saturday, July 20, 2013

U.S. announces resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

The tireless mediation mission of U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has made ​​this Friday its first great success. Defeating skepticism and the many obstacles in his way, Kerry has found the formula to re-sit at the same table to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abu Mazen. After sealing his sixth tour to the area and a lightning-unscheduled visit this afternoon to the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Kerry has announced the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stalled since 2010. "The two negotiating teams will meet next week in Washington"has revealed Kerry after announcing what he wanted. "We know the challenges require difficult decisions on both sides," added the two leaders praising. "You must be happy" , Kerry told Abu Mazen, seeing him in their meeting in Ramallah that was used to share the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast. Kerry had met twice Friday in Amman with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. Then seeing that he did not get a satisfactory answer, he decided to go to Ramallah to meet with Abu Mazen. The aim was to convince and eliminate strong opposition prevailing in the dome of the PLO and Fatah to its formula. The Palestinians demanded written assurances from Israel on several points as the commitment to negotiations based on the '67 borders, referring to the West Bank and East Jerusalem , occupied by Israel in the war of that year. In a long and tense meeting yesterday in Ramallah, Palestinian leaders warned that Abu Mazen's formula resumption of dialogue, no sufficient guarantees in terms of borders (statement 67 lines), construction freeze in the colonies and release of prisoners. Late in the night, concluded its consultations deciding not to decide. That is, delaying the answer to Kerry.Today as have wished USA. Netanyahu, who had approved several days ago, was tonight waiting for the dramatic meeting at the Muqata in Ramallah. "Palestinians have again shown who is to blame in these three years no dialogue.never lose opportunity to miss an opportunity ", Israeli government sources said after the meeting of the Palestinian leadership. While accepting the Kerry, Netanyahu not have it easy in his coalition government if you start negotiations based on the '67 borders althought exchange of territories. In the right-flank oppose this statement considering that these borders in the West Bank "are indefensible"and recognize the de facto division of Jerusalem. The Palestinians hope to declare the eastern part of the city as the capital of their state. While the opening of negotiations opened a thread of hope, this is not very large. Just look at the titanic efforts just to get Abu Mazen and Netanyahu sit at the same table. Nothing compared to what lies ahead.

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