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Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

Both sides told Secy of State John Kerry they want to continue talks beyond the April 29 deadline.
US Special Envoy Martin Indyk, Secy of State John Kerry, at a special briefing. (archive)

US Special Envoy Martin Indyk, Secy of State John Kerry, at a special briefing. (archive)
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U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk is on his way back to the region today (Thursday) to officially revive the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

State Department spokesperson Marty Harf told reporters at a briefing that both sides have told Secretary of State John Kerry they want to continue negotiations beyond the current April 29 deadline.

Neither side was willing to meet after the terrorist attack in Judea on Monday that killed senior police officer Baruch Mizrahi, a father of five, and wounded his wife and 9-year-old son. The attacker or attackers were standing on the side of the road on Highway 35 near Hevron, shooting at vehicles with Israeli license plates, a witness said. One arrest has allegedly been made but no details were released. Mizrahi was on his way with his family to a seder in Kiryat Arba to celebrate the Passover holiday when he was murdered.

Talks that were scheduled for Wednesday night were cancelled. Both sides were unwilling to negotiate in the face of another Arab terror attack on Jews using an AK-47 – a weapon supplied to PA police by the U.S. military, among others – ostensibly to strengthen its forces so they could ‘fight terror.’

On Thursday, those talks are set to resume with Indyk, Israel’s Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and negotiator Yitzhak Molcho, and the PA’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

PA spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudaineh told a media briefing in Ramallah that an agreement is already in place to extend the talks.

“The Palestinian commitment is clear to the Israelis and the Americans, and this commitment is that the talks will continue until April 29, and that Israel should release the fourth group of prisoners,” Rudaineh told reporters. “This is the basic Palestinian demand. This is not a Palestinian condition, but it is a Palestinian demand, which was agreed upon with the U.S. secretary of state according to which 104 pre-Oslo prisoners would be released, and in return we would not go to the United Nations organizations for nine months… Now the talks with the Israelis and the Americans are continuing to the end of this month to discuss the basis that could lead to an extension of the negotiations,” he said.

Various proposals are being advanced by Israel in order to wrestle with the issue of the Israeli Arab prisoners among the fourth and final group that was held back due to lack of progress in the talks.

The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has threatened to leave the government if those prisoners – Israeli citizens who are all Arab terrorists – are freed.

One option would be to revoke their citizenship and deport them. Another would be to simply send the entire group to Gaza or abroad. In either case, resistance from the PA is expected – as usual.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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31 Responses to “Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)”

  1. Make him persona grata here.

  2. Travie Kelly says:

    I would like for it to work, but they are trying to run Israel out of the Country, and they will not stop until they talk someone into war. Why does nobody, or not many people not want Israel to have their own Country?

  3. Remember HITLER & Stalin now Kerry & Hamas

  4. So many Americans are ashamed of Kerry

  5. You know why Patricia look at this picture

  6. Yori Mendel says:

    I hope he doesn’t unpack.

  7. Israel shell never give him A visa

  8. More likely he’ll find dead bones. But not to worry. The US will pretend the corpse still has meat on those rotten bones.

  9. More likely he’ll find dead bones. But not to worry. The US will pretend the corpse still has meat on those rotten bones.

  10. But it’s Israel’s fault for looking to those who cannot save.

  11. They will never give up. But it will never work.

  12. If not let them killed each other

  13. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is an enemy of israel.
    Obama is an.enemy of america.
    Obama is pro muslim.
    American Jews support obama.
    What is wrong with American Jews ?

  14. How is it possible to have peace with people who shoot at innocent families as they are driving to a celebrate a holiday and throw rocks at regular people driving down the road to murder them?

  15. This stupid pro Palestinian mediator is back again.

  16. Jean Perles says:

    GO HOME……………..

  17. Jean Perles says:

    KERRY, SHAME ON YOU, KERRY KOHEN………..

  18. Jean Perles says:

    KERRY, SHAME ON YOU, KERRY KOHEN………..

  19. Why bother? It will never come to pass, and you can bet the family farm on that one.

  20. Please leave us alone.

  21. waste of time & money

  22. Politically, it is important to appear eager to talk peace… so we can get more "things" from Obama…. like 500lb blockbuster bombs to destroy Iran's nuke plants – because as you know this is coming up real fast !

  23. Maynard Miller says:

    Give it up! In order to have peace between two people or between two nations both sides must desire peace. Neither side should have to "buy" peace. That seems to be what Israel is doing (admittedly at Kerry's direction) but Israel will run out of birbes before Palestine has been satistied, so give it up.l

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