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Night Negotiations

  • By : Brian Bush
  • April 1, 2014
  • 6:04 pm

Hello Friends,

Late yesterday it was announced the Us Secretary of State John Kerry was coming to speak separately with Israeli Prime Minster Bibi Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to either seal or save the framework talks for peace.

Mr. Kerry wants the diplomatic negotiations to be extended, but Israel is unwilling to carry out it's commitments and the Palestinians are unwilling to budge.

The night negotiations have reaped little detail but this is what is being spoken of;

Secretary Kerry has apparently discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu a long standing request to release Jonathon Pollard, the American Israeli who spied for Israel from within America's defense department.

This is the first time in years, that American sources have admitted that discussion is being held on the spy's release in the attempt to get Israel to extend negotiations with the Palestinians.

Mr. Pollard's crime, committed years ago, has been described as second only to that of Mr. Edward Snowden in scale and harm to the US.

His release would come in exchange for significant concessions from the Israelis to the Palestinians – mainly, the release of hundreds of prisoners, the reunification of 5000 Gaza and West Bank families, and a partial construction freeze according to Palestinian sources.

Of the prisoners release, would be Marwan Barghouti, currently in jail for his alleged involvement in the murder of at least one Israeli, who is seen as a potential successor to Mr. Abbas.

But what is clear is that Mr. Kerry's unscheduled visit in Israel seems to be a last effort to prevent the collapse of his hard work over the past several months.

Many in Israel don't want these negotiations to continue. At this hour there is talk of a coalition crisis that is threatening the government of Mr. Netanyahu.

This morning, monks at a Monastery woke up to words graffitied on their walls reading “America is Nazi Germany” and “Peace agreement Price-Tag”. Tires of three vehicles and a truck parked at the site were punctured.

Israel, for it's part, has – after the talks between Mr. Kerry and Mr. Netanyahu concluded, issued 708 permits for new homes to be built in the West Bank

The meeting between Secretary Kerry and Palestinian President Abbas was cancelled. Mr. Kerry has departed the country.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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