Saturday, January 04, 2014

Kerry's Kurdles

Thanks for the reminder to Yoram Ettinger:-

Kerry also said that final agreement would have to include a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem.
"Any negotiation has its limits, added Senator Kerry, and we know for the Palestinians that control of Al-Aqsa mosque and the establishment of some kind of capital for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not negotiable," the cable stated, summarizing the meeting with the emir. "For the Israelis, the Senator continued, Israel's character as a Jewish state is not open for negotiation. The non-militarization of an eventual Palestinian state and its borders can nonetheless be resolved through negotiation."

...Kerry also agreed with the emir that the Golan Heights should be given back to Syria at some point.
"The Chairman added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work the return of the Golan Heights into a formula for peace," the diplomatic cable reported.

And here is the Secretary speaking tonight:

SECRETARY KERRY: ...Let me be very clear about what we are doing now and where we are...we are working with great intensity, with serious purpose, with the commitment to trying to resolve this conflict that has gone on for many years too long, and which I think presents us now with the possibility of trying to find a framework agreement which would really lay out the end game and lay out the framework for the major issues to guide the negotiations from this point forward...we’re not there yet, but we are making progress and we are beginning to flesh out the toughest hurdles yet to be overcome.

...I will be going from here back to Jerusalem, where tonight I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Tomorrow, I will go to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and from there I will fly to Saudi Arabia where I will meet with King Abdullah in order to talk about where we are, what we’re trying to do in the days ahead.  Next weekend, I will meet with the Arab League Follow-on Committee with respect to the Arab Peace Initiative...

...There are narrative issues; difficult, complicated years of mistrust that have been built up, all of which as to be worked through and undone, and a pathway has to be laid down in which the parties can have confidence that they know what is happening and that the road ahead is real, not illusory.

So I remain hopeful as I have been, and I am confident that the talks we’ve had in the last two days have already fleshed out and even resolved certain kinds of issues and presented new opportunities for others. That’s the name of this game...

This doesn't read a bit ridiculous to you?



Anonymous said...

And just why does lurch get to dictate to Israel what ISrael should do for its survival?

mrzee said...

I'm surprised Kerry even agrees to meet Israelis in Jerusalem. Maybe he tells his boss they meet in Tel Aviv