Jewish Journal

Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

by Jeremy Elster

April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied East Jerusalem while also describing the PA's turn to International bodies as unhelpful. 

In Israel, Members of Knesset in the Israeli opposition and peaceniks took exception to the handling of the negotiations. MK Meir Sheetrit of Hatnuah asked why the Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas never met for a single meeting. MK Eitan Cabel from Labor stressed that Israel does not have the privilege to disregard opportunties to make peace. There were also harsh words from Hadash MK Dov Khenin who, despite saying he feels that two states is the preferred solution, suggested other alternatives be explored and slammed the further entrenchment of Israeli occupation during the time of negotiations. 

For more coverage on Israeli perspectives following the breakdown in talks, watch the Israel Social TV report embedded below:


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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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