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Middle East Peace Envoy Martin Indyk Quits

FILE -  Martin Indyk speaks at the State Department in Washington.
FILE - Martin Indyk speaks at the State Department in Washington.
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Martin Indyk, the United States’ special envoy overseeing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, has resigned.

The U.S. State Department on Friday confirmed Indyk’s resignation, which had been anticipated after peace talks this spring reached a stalemate.

Indyk, 62, will return to the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, where he has been vice president and director of foreign policy.

Indyk – who had served as ambassador to Israel during the Clinton administration and as assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs – was appointed as a special envoy last July.

Indyk’s deputy, Frank Lowenstein, will serve as the interim envoy.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had announced Indyk's appointment in tandem with reviving peace efforts, which had been stalled for three years. Kerry set a goal of reaching the framework for a peace accord within nine months, but the negotiations failed in April.

Israel left the peace process because of the deal with Hamas. The Palestinians were angered over continued Israeli settlement activity in areas they want as part of a future state.

Kerry, in a statement, praised Indyk as a tenacious diplomat who for decades has sought peace for the region and who "played a vital role in the progress that was made in the negotiations."

"The United States remains committed not just to the cause of peace, but to resuming the process when the parties find a path back to serious negotiations," Kerry said.

'A daunting and humbling challenge'

In accepting the appointment last year, Indyk mentioned his experience as a student in Jerusalem during “the dark days” of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when he witnessed how former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger "brokered a ceasefire that ended the war and paved the way for peace between Israel and Egypt."

He said hoped to do likewise, expressing gratitude to Kerry and President Barack Obama for being entrusted with "a daunting and humbling challenge" of shepherding negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Some information for this report was provided by the Associated Press and Reuters.

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 28, 2014 5:20 AM
This is so cloak and dagger! Come on! Indyk is resigning because he is just another Jewish failure pretending to care about peace with the Palestinians. That's only the cloak, the dagger is that Indyk knows he has no support from his Sunni Muslim born and Sunni Muslim raised boss, we call him Obama.

Kerry mentioned Kissinger? What? Almost fell over!

Yeah, keep appointing a Jew (Lowenstein) to broker peace with the Palestinians, great idea. Again, he mentioned Kissinger?!! Kerry is giving praise to people that have failed to bring peace to the Israeli/Palestinians. The idea of peace is stupid to say anyway. Maybe a humane coexistence, but not peace! Palestinians (like all Muslims) desire the complete and utter extermination of all Jews, from the world. Jews want all the land they feel belongs to the Jews, once they have it, then the rest of the world can STAY OUT! Except for other Jews, that is.

by: ariely shein from: jerusalem
June 28, 2014 12:31 AM
Indyk worked for Obama and promote the boss policy.
Obama's ""21 century policy"" - prophet that nobody understands, follows and brings chaos everywhere.
Unlike Indyk that is away- Obama will be with the world for additioanl 3 years.
And the "change "president will not change his faulty ME policy and everyone will suffer.

Obama –charismatic speaker and his 21 century ""achievements"":

1: Libya is been transformed into a Jihadist hub.
2; Iraq Jihadist take control of large areas.
3: Syria: I don’t know what to say about Obama no policy in this mad mare.
Exept that Russia scores many points.

4:Iran: Does Obama know better than the official documents?
Where from?

4.1: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Islamist Iran supreme leader, said that the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America.
Google search: /iran-supreme-leader-jihad-continue-until-america-no-...
4.2: The "Islamic revolution is not confined to Iran's borders" and the "Satanic crimes" perpetrated the United States must be confronted, stated Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Mohammed Jafari.
Google search:
4.3: Read the report issued by USA foreign affairs testimonies about Islamist Iran:
Google search: foreignaffairs joint-subcommittee-hearing-iran-s-support-terrorism-worldwide.
Samples extracts:
**General Mattis testimony:
" Islamsit Iran is the single most significant threat to stability and prosperity".

** Argentina chief persecutor Nisman after the killing of 100 citizens:
"For the first time in world juridical history, evidence that Islamsit Iran terrorist regime agents executed terror attacks."

**CIA report:
"Iran leaders view terrorism as an impotent foreign policy to export -the Islamsit Iran ideals"".

*******And what Obama is doing?
He gives away the effective sanctions that eroded Iranians support in the Islamist dictatorship!

5: Muslim brotherhood:

5.1:USA court revealed Muslim brotherhood mission in a sixteen-page Arabic document:

""The Ikhwan must understand that their working America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and DESTTROYING WESTREN CIVILIZATION FROM WITHIN.”.

5.2:The speech of the Muslim brotherhood leader in Cairo delivered in Arabic, before 1 million people saying: Broadcasted by BBC.
"" Hitler didn’t finish the job against the Jews"".
"" Now the Muslims brotherhood will finish the job."".

****What Obama is doing?
He legitimized the Muslim Brotherhood.

6: Palestinian unity government goal is to destroy Israel:
6,1: ""The day of judgment will not come until Moslems fight killing the Jews.
The stones and trees will say.
Under Islam, Christianity, Judaism may coexist.
Read Hamas charter:

6.2: Abbas unity government in his own words :
"" Abbas is in line with Hamas opposing Israel 's right to exist""
""Abbas public statements recognizing Israel’s right to exist to the West are designed “to trick the Americans""
google search ;

****What Obama is doing?
He legitimized the united terrorist goverment

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