December News: PEACE DEAL BY MAY?

from David Dolan’s Montly Newsletter

“The United States chief diplomat, former Senator John Kerry, returned to the Middle East in December to promote his nearly yearlong effort to shepherd a final peace accord between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. While in Jerusalem, he revealed that the Obama administration is hoping to broker a final agreement by next April or May at the latest. However both Israeli and Palestinian leaders said the goal was unachievable. Saeb Erekat, the chief PA negotiator, said the two sides might reach an initial framework agreement by then, but not a final accord. “Once you reach the framework agreement, you need six to twelve months to reach a comprehensive treaty on all core issues,” he told reporters in Ramallah. Israeli politicians who back the peace process saw some sign of hope in the statement since the PA had earlier vowed to walk away from the talks if they lasted more than nine months, which would be the case if they continue until next April.”

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