Middle East Talks: It All Comes Down To Netanyahu

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Soon after John Kerry left earlier this week, Israel published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, on Friday.

Soon after John Kerry left earlier this week, Israel published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, on Friday.

After his tenth fruitless attempt to initiate negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, the U.S. Secretary of State’s aim to create peace in the Middle East is increasingly being called an “impossible” dream.

It has been observed that whenever Kerry nears a peace proposition, the process is mainly disrupted due to the continuous expansions in Jerusalem and the West Bank under Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s orders.

It’s a well-known fact that Palestinians fear Israeli settlements. Moreover, these constructions on occupied land have been deemed illegal by the United Nations.

Palestinians previously warned – on several occasions – that further construction of these Israeli settlements could derail the talks that Kerry has struggled to keep on track for the past year.

Despite these warnings, Netanyahu has been carrying on with its expansions which ultimately result in unproductive peace talks.

During his fifth visit to the Middle East, Kerry was disappointed when Netanyahu rejected the Palestinians demand of a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem – which were captured by Israel in 1967.

Just December, after his ninth visit, Kerry said the two sides were "closer than we have been in years" to a deal. However, Netanyahu again refused to agree with the idea of a Palestinian state in the aforementioned regions and the negotiations failed.

In addition, the latest announcement made on Friday regarding 1, 400 new settlements were reportedly planned by the Israeli PM before Kerry’s visit had begun.

The pattern suggests it all comes down to Benjamin Netanyahu, and not John Kerry, when it comes to peace negotiations in the Middle East.

Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Maybe Kerry could learn a thing or two from this observation.

What do you think?

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