July 21, 2014

Kerry Watched a Mideast Peace Plan Crumble

Birnbaum & Tibon, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Kerry concocted a grand bargain. Under the deal, Israel would release the fourth tranche, free another 400 prisoners of its choosing, and halt all new settlement announcements throughout the West Bank (though not in East Jerusalem). In return, the Palestinians would agree to extend talks for another nine months and Netanyahu would get a prize that Israeli prime ministers had been seeking for decades: the release of convicted Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard. Netanyahu was prepared to go along with the deal, and Abbas was signaling that he was, too. There was just one problem: President Obama was against it.

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TAGGED: John Kerry, Middle East, Barack Obama, Martin Indyk, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinians, Palestine, Israel, Gaza, Hamas

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