John Kerry believes that time is running out with the Israel peace talks and feels negotiations should be completed quickly. It has been a long standing debate about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Secretary of State John Kerry thinks timing is critical. With the growing population of Israeli settlements and the recognition by the U.N. General Assembly of the Palestine state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem things can heat up sooner than expected.
After six month of diplomatic talks among the parties, negotiation resumed Tuesday in Washington. There was an attempt in 2010 to restart talks after it faltered in 2008 but it was of no success. Many diplomats before that attempt had failed at any progress in getting the parties to reconcile their differences for sustaining peaceful relations.
The Israeli parliament voted to free 104 Palestinian prisoners, based on the progress of peace talks in a four stage tier of release. The talks have been scheduled for a nine month time period and both sides have been reasonable in current deliberations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endured criticism from the family members whose loved ones were killed by the captives.
The recognized state of Palestine could take settlement complaints to the international Criminal Court for resolution. John Kerry feels that time is running out with peace talks with Israel and a quick resolution of the problem is in order. John Kerry said in a statement that Martin Indyk, former Clinton administrator, was tasked with the duty of overseeing day-to-day negotiation efforts.
Chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister that was active with George W. Bush Administration, leads the Israeli side. Livni is a veteran adviser to Netanyahu who was part of negotiations when Obama made previous attempts at brokering negotiations.
The Palestinian team is led by Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh. Shtayyeh is President Mahmoud Abbas’ adviser. The two chief negotiators have been a part of previous failed attempts at brokering peace between the two nations.
Kerry has conducted meetings lasting about 45 minutes with the respective negotiating teams and has personally guided the process along. During meal times the attending parties dine on sweet corn, shell bean soup, grilled grouper, saffron risotto, summer vegetables and apricot upside-down cake. Relaxing negotiators not meeting with Kerry enjoy the sites of the Washington Monument and the illuminated Lincoln Memorial from the balcony of the state department.
“John Kerry believes that time is not our ally,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, “As time passes, the situation on the ground becomes more complicated, mistrust deepens and hardens and the conflict becomes even harder to resolve,” she said. “It allows for vacuums to be filled by bad actors who want to undermine our efforts.”
The factor of time running out for peace talks with Israel is of main concern by the State Department and all efforts to expedite the process are in place. John Kerry along with his team of negotiators are working to close a commemorative deal.
By Thomas Barr