...a senior Palestinian official said Secretary of State John Kerry had “guaranteed us in writing” that negotiations would start from the 1967 lines, and American officials suggested he was not telling the truth.Nabil A. Shaath, the Palestinian commissioner for international relations, said the Palestinians had agreed to enter the talks only because of the guarantee......American officials denied there was such a document, which would have been a significant gesture to the Palestinians and could have enraged Israel. “We have always said that if you don’t hear news about the talks from senior U.S. officials, you can’t count on it being reliable,” Marie E. Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement. “This is a good example.”
More Pal. complaining and Israeli complaints:
Israeli leaders complained to Washington in recent days about a series of leaks and downbeat assessments by Palestinians, citing the agreement both sides made from the beginning that only American officials would publicly discuss the diplomatic efforts. Palestinians had previously complained that American envoys were not present during the talks.An Israeli government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of that agreement, said Israel’s complaint cited remarks that Yasser Abed Rabbo......Mr. Shaath said. “He gave us a paper, not a nonpaper, that the negotiations will be committed to the border of 1967. This is the starting point, the border of 1967.” Mr. Shaath said the Palestinians had acquiesced to negotiations under pressure from the United States, Europe, Russia “and the rest of the Arab world,” and because Israel agreed to release about 100 long-serving Palestinian prisoners during the nine-month process. He said he was pessimistic about the prospects...
So, maybe I can be optimistic?
At least for a short while?
Let's have Bar Refaeli express our feelings on this turn of events: