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    Netanyahu Expresses Doubt About Palestinians on Peace

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement to the press before a meeting in Jerusalem on January 2, 2014.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement to the press before a meeting in Jerusalem on January 2, 2014.
    Scott Bobb
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Jerusalem as part of ongoing efforts to revive the Middle East peace talks. His latest trip comes amid growing doubts over the effort.
     
    Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu several hours after he landed in Israel.
     
    He said he realized that many people are skeptical that peace can be attained but noted that Israeli peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan show that peace is possible.
     
    “The time is soon arriving where leaders are going to have to make difficult decisions. We are close to that time if not at it and I think we understand the circumstances within which we are working,” he said.
     
    Netanyahu in his welcoming remarks accused Palestinian leaders of inciting their people to attack Israelis and said this created doubt that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sincerely wants peace.
     
    “President Abbas must lead his people away from terrorism and incitement toward reconciliation and peace," he said. "John, the people of Israel and I are prepared to make such an historic peace. But we must have a Palestinian partner who’s equally prepared to make this peace.”
     
    Kerry is due to meet Palestinian leaders Friday.
     
    The peace talks resumed five months ago after a three-year freeze.
     
    Disagreements continue over many issues, most notably the borders of a future Palestinian state, the status of East Jerusalem and the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
     
    Debate has intensified recently over proposals regarding Jewish settlements and security arrangements in Palestinian parts of the West Bank that are under the control of Israeli security forces. Israel wants security guarantees.
     
    Abbas told a rally on the eve of Kerry's trip that Palestinians are the people most in need of security and most notably, he said, protection from attacks by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
     
    He said, "We have made clear our rejection of any Israeli military presence in the territory of the future independent Palestinian state and our commitment to Palestinian sovereignty over all its land, water, resources, airspace, borders and crossings."
     
    Abbas went on say that the Palestinians would like an international presence to ensure security in their territory after any peace treaty is signed. Israel has rejected this proposal.
     
    Israel has released 78 long-time Palestinian prisoners. At the same time it has announced new construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
     
    This has angered Palestinian leaders who accuse Israel of sabotaging the peace talks and are threatening to resume their diplomatic efforts for admission to dozens of international organizations.

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    by: Marc Daniels from: Springfield, IL
    January 04, 2014 9:25 AM
    This morning, I published an article in my blog making the case that peace will never be possible under political, economic, and religious trickle down philosophies. The very fabric of society must evolve. Instead of being tightly woven, keeping weed seeds of hatred dormant, we need to evolve into a more participatory government. We can no longer dependent on the good intentions of Begin, Sadat, and Carter, to weave this man made peace accord for us. We need to root out our inner weeds for allowing spirits to rise into a matrix of a much higher spiritual plane of society. Here are the details.
    http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/spiritual-guerilla-gardeners-unite-lets-weed-out-hate-and-occupy-the-dream/

    by: carin from: usa
    January 02, 2014 9:39 PM
    I am frightened by netanyahu

    by: john toland from: uk
    January 02, 2014 6:16 PM
    My vote is with Nelson Mandella.Why dosent your kerry bring up the issue of all the children in israel jails?. Giving your hard erned dollars
    to israel via funds, trade,or whatever, makes you all an accomplice
    to the crimes they commit . The integrity of America is at stake hear, and the whole world is watching. Mankind can not tolerate another apartheid system !. WHY because its inhumane

    by: PermReader
    January 02, 2014 4:03 PM
    The efforts of the pro-Islamist president have the opposite effect: peoples of the World are frightened by Islamists including the Palestinians ones.

    by: ben from: great neck. ny
    January 02, 2014 2:44 PM
    Sick pups of zuonist israel. You will be put down like south africa. By the way whi had more right to the land

    by: alur from: Las Vegas, NV, U.S.
    January 02, 2014 2:40 PM
    Why are people so afraid of the truth? This is an unresolvable issue. The Palestinians would rather fight than give the sons and daughters a good life. Hate overrules their logic. Kerry is wasting his time.

    by: T evans from: colorado
    January 02, 2014 2:31 PM
    Mr. Kerry is trying to put Israel off and buy time for his " brothers".

    by: Mr. Stahlwert from: USA
    January 02, 2014 12:00 PM
    "I am John Kerry, and I come to invite you all back to Bohemian Grove".

    by: Jane London from: USA
    January 02, 2014 11:18 AM
    An admitted member of BOHEMIAN GROVE, Kerry goes to try and make peace..................what a joke!!! WAKE UP WORLD.

    by: truthbetold from: miami
    January 02, 2014 9:49 AM
    I agree... Israel has tried everything they can for peace in the past. what did they receive, attacks. how are they going to change the minds of all the kids that they have been teaching to kill Jews in school over the past 2 decades?
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