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Bridget Johnson


July 30, 2013 - 10:55 am

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said today he was “delighted” with the beginning of talks at the State Department as “all final-status issues are on the table and will be resolved without any exceptions.”

“And it’s time for the Palestinian people to have an independent sovereign state of their own,” Erekat said, thanking President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry “for your relentless efforts and unwavering commitment to achieve a just, a comprehensive, lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”

Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said “the powerful impression left by the president’s last visit to Israel still remains in the hearts of the Israeli people.”

“You know, Saeb, we all spent some time in the negotiations room. We didn’t reach dead end in the past, but we didn’t complete our mission,” she said. “And this is something that we need to do now in these negotiations that we will launch today. And the opportunity has been created for us, for all of us, and we cannot afford to waste it.”

Kerry, appearing with Erekat and Livni, said the parties had “a very positive meeting with the president and the vice president earlier this morning at the White House.”

“I’m pleased to report that in the conversations we’ve had last night and again today, we had constructive and positive meetings, both meetings with the United States present and also meetings with the parties by themselves. The parties have agreed to remain engaged in sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations on the core issues. And they will meet within the next two weeks in either Israel or the Palestinian territories in order to begin the process of formal negotiation,” Kerry said.

“The parties have agreed here today that all of the final-status issues, all of the core issues, and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation, and they are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims.”

Kerry said the goal is to arrive at a final-status agreement in confidential negotiations within the next nine months.

“We need to actually change the way we think about compromise in order to get to success. Compromise doesn’t only mean giving up something or giving something away. Reasonable, principled compromise in the name of peace means that everybody stands to gain. Each side has a stake in the other’s success, and everyone can benefit from the dividends of peace,” he said.

“…We shouldn’t forget that the new jobs, the new homes, the new industries that can grow in a new Palestinian state will also benefit Israelis next door, where a vibrant economy will find new partners,” Kerry added.

“Israel and Israelis and Palestinians both have legitimate security concerns. Our commitment to Israel’s security is why President Obama’s administration has done more than any before it to strengthen our unshakeable bond and why General John Allen is on the ground working to ensure Israel’s security needs will be met. And I emphasize, we have worked very closely with our Palestinian friends to help develop Palestinian security capacity. And we cannot forget that the security of Israel will also benefit Palestinians next door.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Israel be weary you have no friend in the White House!!
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I give the whole thing about 90 days before it collapses.....just as all the prior "negotiations" have.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
In other words, there will be no resolution because the two sides remain intractably far apart on what they will accept.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Arabs will accept nothing less than the end of the Jewish state. The Jews aren't willing to lose their self determination and sovereignty and have Israel replaced with the 24th Arab-Muslim state (22 existing Arab states, the new Arab-Palestinian state next to Israel, and the formerly Jewish state formerly known as the State of Israel). This is why "the two sides remain intractably far apart on what they will accept."
36 weeks ago
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After a lack of accomplishments at home and deep setbacks abroad, this administration is going to posture itself as ready to accomplish a miracle. Pitiful.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Off the table:
1) gaza
2) West bank
3) jerusalem
4) setttlements
To name a few.
Abbas can negotiate with Jordan and/or Syria for expansion of Palestine.
Some interesting points to talk about, and not talk about! Pray. Amen.
37 weeks ago
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It's amazing how a headline can completely contradict a story sometimes. The headline of this article is:

Palestinians ‘Delighted’: ‘All Final Status Issues Will be Resolved’ in Kerry Talks

This implies that everyone has agreed that this round of talks will actually SETTLE all outstanding issues between the Israelis and Palestinians (or at least the non-Hamas Palestinians). That is NOT borne out by the story itself which says only that all topics of contention will be on the table.

In other words, the story says that the parties agree that all issues can be DISCUSSED. It does NOT say that they wlll all be RESOLVED. There is a huge difference between discussing something and resolving it. The issues to be discussed in these negotiations are very complex and have been the source of many negotiations before with few successes. It is absolutely ridiculous for any party to the talks to state that they will all be resolved this time.

It's wonderful to imagine that these negotiations will be successful and actually resolve all the issues. It's also quite unlikely and I'm sure all the participants know it. Using the headline to claim that any participant is confident that the negotiations will be successful in their entirety before they have even begun is massively irresponsible.

The headline writer should be ashamed of themselves.

37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment

This tactic is found often in the Washington Post, among others, where it's always useful the read the attention-getting headline, then see how that may differ from the first paragraph; and lastly, see how the headline and article itself compares in both tone and content with the very last concluding paragraph - off on an inside page somewhere the harried commuter is unlikely to take the time for this analysis.

Any readers here attend Journalism School? Is that taught there?
37 weeks ago
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error correction:

read:, "'s always useful to read...."
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