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Kerry: 'Productive' Discussions with Netanyahu, Abbas

Kerry: 'Good Faith' Needed for Middle East Peacei
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.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he has had "productive" discussions with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about a two-state solution to their decades-long crisis.

Kerry has met twice separately with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas over the past two days, and said that "despite difficulties" those talks have "opened up a number of different things that can be included as we proceed forward."  But he will not say what those things are.

"By agreement, all the parties are not going to discuss what we are discussing. And since I'm the one who invoked that rule, I'm not going to stand up here and break it," Kerry said. "But it is important for us to be able to proceed carefully, quietly, and secretly, frankly."

He said not speaking publicly gives leaders the ability to explore different possibilities.

But leaders are speaking publicly. And it is not encouraging.

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John Kerry's travels, November 2–12
John Kerry's travels, November 2–12
Prime Minister Netanyahu is blaming Palestinians for incitement, for creating artificial crises, and for running away from tough choices. Palestinian negotiators say Israelis are making unreasonable demands over water rights and are undermining the talks with plans for thousands of new Israeli homes on occupied Palestinian land.

The scale of those new settlements has put President Abbas under considerable domestic pressure, including allegations that he agreed to that construction as part of returning to talks. On Wednesday, Kerry defended the Palestinian leader, saying the United States believes those settlements are illegitimate.

Following talks with Kerry in Amman Thursday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Naser Judeh said Israeli settlements are impeding peace, and negotiations must be accelerated to get to a final status agreement on a two-state solution, including the states' borders. "Partial solutions, in my book, that leave issues hanging which could potentially come back and fly at our throats in the future, are not solutions," he said.

With six months to go in these talks, Kerry said there is no time for interim agreements.

"If you leave the main issues hanging out there, mischief makers will make the most of that and bad things will happen in the interval that then make it even harder to get to the final status," stated Kerry.

He said peace between Israelis and Palestinians is long overdue.

"The stakes here are huge. And obviously the lack of peace confronts everybody with choices, frankly, that nobody wants to contemplate," said Kerry.

Kerry meets again with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel Friday following a Thursday dinner in Jordan with President Abbas.

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by: mRS. Dyre from: Miami
November 07, 2013 4:37 PM
A "man" that belongs to Bohemian Grove undermines him being Secretary of State. SHAMEFUL!

by: Dr. Livings from: USA
November 07, 2013 4:35 PM
This man is a real weirdo, with some pretty questionable "Club" practices. BOHEMIAN GROVE. ENOUGH SAID.

by: Madelyn Itchycrotch from: UK
November 07, 2013 12:42 PM
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: Dr. Dorean McNeal from: Dublin
November 07, 2013 11:02 AM
the "Two State Solution" was an idea advanced by Clinton and like Clinton has been discarded and discredited. Time to move on, the Philistines have a country and its called Jordan. Any attempt at carving such a small territory and giving half of it to a malicious terrorist organization (hamas) will in effect destroy Israel. I just hope the Israelis will assert their rights more aggressively...

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