Brain Bush’s Blog

Breaking Down the Meeting

  • By : Brian Bush
  • January 6, 2012
  • 7:56 pm

Hi Everyone!

Lets break down the meeting between the Israelis and the Palestinians held this past Tuesday.

It was the first time the two parties had publically met in a year and a half.

Talks stalled when Israel refused to extend a 10 month limited freeze on new settlement construction in the West Band and East Jerusalem.

The Jordanian-hosted meeting between Israeli special representative Yitzhak Molcho (a lawyer friend of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu) and Palestinian representative Dr. Saeb Erekat, was not meant to produce any type of breakthrough towards renewing diplomatic negotiations between the parties.

At this point, the only thing that has come out of the meeting is the agreement to more talks.

This in and of itself is an accomplishment…

We do know that the Palestinians continued, at least publically, in their position of refusing discussions without pre-conditions.

And with the absence of Israel's pledge to freeze all construction over the Green Line, including Jerusalem, and of course the 'biggie', that Israel agree to the 1967 borders, we seem stuck.

There will be no real progress unless the parties are held accountable and demonstrate flexibility in positions for the sake of goodwill and compromise.

But there is one more important thing that came from this meeting.

Jordan's King Abdullah is not sitting on the sidelines watching things rot in stalemate. He is getting involved and is credited with this initiative to getting the parties to meet.

This is critical – particularly with the absence of Hosni Mubarak – Egypt's fallen ruler, who facilitated communication between the Israelis and Palestinians for decades.

Without communication there will be limited optimism for peace.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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