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Kerry: 'Good Faith' Needed for Mideast Peace

Kerry: 'Good Faith' Needed for Middle East Peacei
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November 07, 2013 6:59 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said good faith and serious efforts are required from both Israelis and Palestinians to bring about a two-state solution following separate meetings Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Kerry: 'Good Faith' Needed for Middle East Peace
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said good faith and serious efforts are required from both Israelis and Palestinians to bring about a two-state solution following separate meetings Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Three months into what is scheduled to be nine months of peace talks, Kerry expressed confidence that both sides have the ability to make progress.

"So I hope that we will continue in the good faith that brought the parties together in the first place," he said, declaring, "This can be achieved."

But there has been little apparent progress toward a two-state solution.

Israel has freed some Palestinian prisoners, which U.S. officials say is an encouraging step forward. But Israel is also moving ahead with more settlements, which U.S. officials say "do not create a positive environment for negotiations."

Netanyahu told Kerry that Israel wants peace and Palestinians are the ones delaying an agreement.

"I'm concerned about their progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid and run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace," Netanyahu said.  "I hope that your visit can help steer back to a place where we could achieve historical peace that we seek and that our people deserve."

Palestinians protesters hold a banner during demonstation in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Nov. 6, 2013.Palestinians protesters hold a banner during demonstation in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Nov. 6, 2013.
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Palestinians protesters hold a banner during demonstation in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Nov. 6, 2013.
Palestinians protesters hold a banner during demonstation in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Nov. 6, 2013.
Abbas did not speak to reporters following his meeting with Kerry.

But Palestinian negotiators say besides the issue of settlements, Israel is also blocking progress on water rights and the exchange of land in a two-state solution that is to be decided beyond Israel's pre-1967 borders.

The scale of new Israeli settlements has put President Abbas under considerable domestic pressure, including allegations that he agreed to the new construction as part of these talks. Kerry flatly denied them.

"I want to make it extremely clear that at no time did the Palestinians in any way agree as a matter of going back to the talks that they somehow condone or accept the settlements," said Kerry.

He added the Palestinians believe the settlements are illegal, and the United States believes they are illegitimate.

"That is not to say that they weren't aware or we weren't aware that there would be construction. But that construction importantly, in our judgment, would be much better off limited as much as possible in an effort to help create a climate for these talks to proceed effectively," he said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Nov. 6, 2013.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Nov. 6, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Nov. 6, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Nov. 6, 2013.
During his meeting with Netanyahu, Kerry also discussed Iran's nuclear program and again promised that the United States will not allow Iran to develop atomic weapons.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful civilian purposes and it is meeting with international mediators in Geneva this week in hopes of easing crippling economic sanctions imposed over suspicions about its atomic ambitions.

Netanyahu told Kerry that he would be very wary of any partial deals that enable Iran to maintain its capacity to enrich uranium and develop weapons while beginning to reduce sanctions.

Kerry meets again with Abbas in Jordan Thursday following dinner Wednesday with Netanyahu.

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by: Stehling from: NYC
November 06, 2013 5:54 PM
According to the NY Times, this week, Hamas teaches its children that the aim of the Likud government of the state of Israel is to drive all Arabs from the land between the Nile, at Cairo, to the Euphrates in Syria and Iraq. This is patently a wildly exaggerated piece of propaganda.

The reality is that Likud wants to transfer all Arabs and Muslims from out of all the land of Palestine between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river. Either way, it eventually means war - a nuclear war that could, and would, spread to Europe.

In the meantime, President Obama tragically sits on his hands and allows an AIPAC chosen Congress to continue shipping billions of dollars worth of arms every month to the Netanyahu government that continues building illegal settlements in the Arab West Bank. That military and civil 'aid' together with loan guarantees is estimated at SIX BILLION US $ every year.

It is a strategy that makes the conflict in Syria look like a street gang fight, but one that will eventually turn the entire region from Cairo to Kirkuk into a nuclear fireball that will decimate the land and leave hundreds of thousands dead and tens of millions as homeless refugees. In effect, the start of a Third World War.

Add to this scenario the real possibility of Saudi Arabia obtaining nuclear weapons from Pakistan and the probability of a nuclear holocaust seems ever more real.

Meanwhile, the American president plays golf.
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by: Stehling from: NYC
November 07, 2013 9:43 AM
@facts?fromisrael

<b>The majority of Israelis are Jews but the majority of Jews are not Israeli and have no wish to be so!

There are over 7 million Jews who are citizens of Europe and the Americas who patently do not wish to be Israeli and a large proportion of whom disagree vociferously with the inhuman treatment of the largest indigenous people of the region, the Muslim Arabs. For these Jewish communities and also non-Jews, the BDS movement is a legitimate process to draw international attention to the illegal policies of the Israeli government in its occupation of Arab land. (God has nothing to do with it).

Antisemitism is another subject altogether. Please be careful not to conflate the two! </b>
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by: Facts from: Israel
November 07, 2013 12:01 AM
Often on the news we hear the terms "occupied territories", "1967 borders", and "illegal settlements". And the story we usually hear sounds very simple... During the six day war, Israel captured the West Bank from the Palestinians, refused the UN demand to retreat, and illegally built settlements, but is that really the case? Let's start with a simple but EXTREMELY IMPORTANT question: From whom did Israel capture the West Bank? From the Palestinians? NO! In 1967 there was NO Arab nation or state by the name of Palestine. Actually was there ever? So, who's territory is it? Until 1917 the Ottoman Empire occupied the whole region. After losing in WW1 the Ottomans relinquished their 500 year control to the allied forces which decided to divide the old empire into countries. Britain recognized the Jews historical right to their homeland. A small area equivalent to about half of 1% of the Middle East was designated for this purpose. however, do you realize what happened? The Jewish homeland not only included the West Bank, but also the East Bank of the Jordan River. I suppose you cannot say that the Jewish people have not accepted some painful compromises, already. With the British Mandate ending, UN general assembly resolution #181, recommended the establishment of two states; one Jewish and one Arab. The Jews accepted it and went on to create the nation of Israel in 1948. While the Arabs refused a compromise and launched a war to destroy the newly established nation. At the end of the war, a cease fire line was formed, (armistice line, 1949), and both sides stopped fighting. At the insistence of the Arab leaders, this line was defined as having NO political significance. So, although this line is commonly referred to as the "1967 border", it is NOT from 1967, and it was never an international border. Israel's presence in the West Bank is the result of self defense. The West Bank should not be considered "occupied", because there was no previous legal sovereign in the area. And therefore, the real definition should be "disputed" territory. The 1947 partition plan has no current legal standing, while Israel's claim to the land was clearly recognized by the international community during the 20th century.That is why the presence of Israeli settlements and construction in the West Bank should NOT be considered illegal. So what is the solution to the dispute over the West Bank? Fortunately the solution lies in God's Word, and His unbreakable covenants and promises to his chosen people. Any negotiations must be based on legal and historical FACTS. So stop using the so-called terms "illegal" and "occupied" territories," and "1967 borders". They are simply not politically correct or in agreement with Gods Word.


by: WHISTLEBLOWER from: USA
November 06, 2013 9:38 AM
The CIA created Al Qaeda. WAKE UP TO THE FACTS SHEEPLE!!!

by: Juli from: PEKANBARU,INDONESIA
November 06, 2013 6:33 AM
. I think it's time for making a new story for Palestine. Netanayu must seriously concern about this Diplomacy and piece with the Palestinians.Spirit for palestineans.

by: rev. Egbe Egbuta Uyere from: nigeria
November 06, 2013 5:12 AM
it seems the peace talks between the israeli and the palestinian administrations is becoming rather too protracted for any meaningful result to be expected. The foot dragging and poor political will by both parties is like where a parliament adopts the posture of filibuster to practically frustrate a bill by unhealthy procrastination. The palestinians should renounce violence and embrace peace while the israelis should shift ground a little in their expansionist policy.

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