Mahmoud Abbas and John Kerry Talk Canceled

    April 2, 2014
    Erin Hall
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Secretary of State John Kerry canceled a talk planned for today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to The New York Times. The meeting would have extended negotiations set to expire April 29th into 2015.

It seems Kerry canceled the talks due to Abbas breaking the terms of the peace negotiations before the scheduled meeting. In the past month, Abbas began the process of joining 15 international agencies, a move strictly prohibited during negotiations. It appears Abbas was seeking statehood outside of U.S. talks.

The loss of these talks is a loss for both sides. They were expected to lead to the release of an American citizen held for twenty-five years on suspicion of spying for Israel by Palestine, as well the release of many Palestinian soldiers by Israel.

Abbas justified his actions, saying Israel had broken their promise to release soldiers as scheduled. Indeed, a fourth group of Palestinian soldiers were slated for release on March 29th but were not. He also cited the lack of progress made in significant negotiations.

Abbas stated “We don’t want to collide with the U.S. administration. We want a good relationship with Washington because it helped us and exerted huge efforts. But because we did not find ways for a solution, this becomes our right.”

Despite Abbas’ statement, it has become trying for the U.S. to stay involved in peace talks with Palestine and Israel. Kerry still stressed that this was not the end of U.S. attempts, but the fatigue was evident in Kerry’s recent remarks to NATO.

He stated “The United States is proud and ready and willing to be a facilitator in this process. But the leaders on both sides have to make the decisions, not us. It’s up to them to decide what they’re prepared to do with each other, for each other, for the future, for the region, for peace.”

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  • Shein Ariely

    Everyone is entitled to a state based on self-determination but the Jews.

    The earth rotates around the sun.
    The seasons are changing every couple of month.
    The glassier are moving forward and backward.
    Children are born and grow up.
    Birds migrate and return.

    Only one fact never changes.
    Arabs refusal to recognize Israel, the Jewish state, was valid in 1947 and reminds valid as well today.

    All the other issues discussed by the Arabs are only tactical means to divert the world form the main issue-Arabs quest to destroy Israel.
    (I must agree that they are quite successful in diverting the attention.
    They are acting in line with the Takiyya doctrine, lying and masking their goals to the infidels)

    Following 3 appetizers example said only in Arabic and not English or any other language.

    1:After the Arabs attack the infant defending Israel on 1948:
    Egypt controlled Gaza.
    Jordan controlled the West bank.
    Palestinians could demand independence.
    They could form a Palestine state.
    !!!! By they did not– gues why?!!!.

    2: Al Jazeera interview:
    “If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
    It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
    Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
    Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go””

    3:”The peace talks with Israel are part of
    ARAB STARTEGY TO ISOLATE ISRAEL and threaten its legitimacy.”
    Palestine Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah in Lebanon.

    The only way to help to promote a real peace is to stop funding the Palestinians by
    USA and EU.

    The Palestinians received funds more than 4 times highs compared to the help
    provided to Europe by the Marshal plan after the ww2.
    Europe used the funds to build in a short time a prosperous democratic society with high moral values.

    The Palestinians are using the funds for:
    *hate preaching and teaching,
    *funding massive terrorism worldwide
    * leaders living a luxury life
    *invest in any type of action promoting endless conflict
    *suppressing the Christians that population dropped from about 140,000 in 1967 to 51,000 in 2013,

    Provide funds only for peace promoting actions on the ground. Israel the Jewish state and declare end of conflict.

    The Arabs know the west very well.
    Hasan Nasrala said:
    “”The west will sell all their values for a good economic deal with the Arabs””
    The following Oscar Wild great sentence is applicable to naïve (or not- who knows?) president Obama demands from Israel:

  • KarenvanHoek

    Kudos to Kerry for refusing to put up with nonsense.

    But — Palestinian “soldiers”? I believe you’re referring to convicted terrorists. Your wording makes it sound as if the Israelis were holding part of another country’s army in a POW stockade. The people in question were convicted of such things as blowing up civilians.