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John Kerry is staying clear of Israel on his new Middle East tour, and "peace process" Martin Indyk is out of sight and out of mind.

U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk raced to Jerusalem Wednesday for emergency meetings with Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators over the crashing final status talks.

In Algeria for strategic security talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also urged Israeli and PA leaders to make one more effort to reach an agreement, warning that the Obama administration could not force peace if partners were unwilling.


“You can facilitate, you can push, you can nudge, but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions and compromises,” he said. “The leaders have to lead and they have to be able to see a moment when it’s there.” Kerry quoted the old adage of being able to ‘lead a horse to water but not being able to make it drink’ — an analogy that every American child is raised with.

“Now is the time to drink,” Kerry said. “The leaders need to know that.”

Last week Israel balked over the release of a final group of 30 PA terrorist incarcerated in Israeli prisons. The group included 20 Israeli Arab citizens – a controversial issue that had split the coalition government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from the start of the talks in July 2013.

The Israeli Arab prisoners acted in their terrorism under the auspices of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Both are led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, so it is impossible for him to close his eyes to their incarceration. More so, it is impossible for Israeli government ministers to ignore the fact that Abbas, whose nom de guerre is Abu Mazen, is in some ways as much a terrorist as those who are imprisoned. Abbas has claimed “only a few hundred thousand” Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. During the years of the Bush Administration he refused to dismantle terrorist organizations as required by the Roadmap peace plan – which collapsed — and refuses to stop media incitement in the PA against Israel as well.

The prisoners were to be freed in stages linked to progress in the talks and the participation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas – who has not been active at the negotiating table since November 2013. Further exacerbating the problem is the fact that no visible progress appears to have been made on the core issues since that time, with Israel making all the security concessions and endangering its own population.

Last Friday, instead of freeing the terrorists, Israel proposed to extend the talks and offered to free another 400 prisoners, again in stages linked as before to progress in the negotiations.

The talks are not scheduled to end until April 29.

Instead, on Monday infuriated PA leaders signed applications for membership in 15 United Nations agencies and organizations. The move is an outrageous violation of its commitment to both Israel and the United States at the outset of the talks.

Last night (Wednesday), Fatah faction leader Mohamed Shtayyeh also threatened in a statement in Arabic to Sky News to submit an application to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague – a second violation.

The PA committed at the start of negotiations with Israel in July 2013 not to seek membership in international organizations – including the International Criminal Court at The Hague – until the conclusion of talks on April 29.

But Shtayyeh announced that the PA is also no longer willing to “negotiate” on any issue other than borders and demanded Israel present a map of new borders based on the 1949 Armistice lines, also known as the “1967 lines.” This is a third violation.

The “1967 lines” term is used with bitterness by Arabs and many in the international community to refer to the areas occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, whose borders were dissolved after Israel won the 1967 Six Day War.

If Israel is unable to reach agreement with the PA on borders, the PA threatened to submit applications for membership in 63 international organizations. The strategy is being used as a means of gaining de facto legitimacy as a as an independent sovereign nation.

Moreover, Shtayyeh blamed Israel for the action, saying it came in response to the government decision not to release the final group of terrorist prisoners last week.

PA envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour added in a statement to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency – a PA mouthpiece — that the entity is “eligible for membership in up to 550 international organizations.”


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. Waste of time-Pals want the whole ball of wax, so to speak. Remember what Gaza produced and forget about it. The last great chance was in Camp David in 2000 under Clinton’s urging.Barak agreed to give them 98 percent of the W.Bank for a peace treaty and the AIDS infected terrorist Arafat refused. They have been given multiple opportunities since the Six Day War and turned them all down.They want every Jew dead or gone.Period.

  2. USA and UK are responsible and must pay for their mistake, they inserted an illegal state in the ME which is Israel making the ME unstable and full of terror and violence and it will keep so as long as ISRAEL exist, Israel must be removed the same way it is found. USA and UK are responsible for all Israeli crimes as much as Israel is since they always support Israel

  3. USA and UK are responsible and must pay for their mistake, they inserted an illegal state in the ME which is Israel making the ME unstable and full of terror and violence and it will keep so as long as ISRAEL exist, Israel must be removed the same way it is found. USA and UK are responsible for all Israeli crimes as much as Israel is since they always support Israel

  4. Omar A. Omar and when the creator of the universe comes and destroys all the nations that go against Israel including your fake moon god allah. It won’t be the United States protecting them just like in the six day war when Israel had no help all the arab nations including Russia could not defeat little Israel and all those brave muslims in Jerusalem and on the temple mount ran for their coward lives. You have and every evil nation has tried to destroy them and all have lost. How do you think they will beat Israel now Yahweh is real he has protected them as a people and a nation. And let me warn you the Jews will evacuate Israel like you want except for a few in a hidden bunker you know not about and when the Jews are safely away the ones in the bunker will launch hell on the muslims. They have a system in place with what they call the Samson Missile defense system this missile gets launched straight up guess where it comes down at yes Israel itself they will destroy every living thing in Israel and a few of those countries around it. They will be turned into glass. And the jews will return to a land desolate like it was the whole time Palistine was there and could not do anything with the land but when Israel got there they were growing flowers in the desert. Your moon god won’t be able to save you. Or your lying pedophile prophet and non existant madi and when you see the destruction comming upon your people you will realize that Yahweh is for real. Better nations than yours have tried to rid the world of the Jew all who tried has failed why brcause they have a . Holy everlasting covenant with almighty Yahweh. And you should be thankful to the United States for we arent protecting Israel from you but holding Israel back from destroying you. Ask Iraq the united states begged Israel not to retaliate against Iraq for all the rockets that was launched at her thats why we put missel system there to shoot the rockets down so Israel would not destroy Iraq completely. They have this bomb that is a neutron bomb that only kills living things and leaves the building structures up. When this bomb is used the flesh will fall off your bones before your body hits the ground. Each one the size of a baseball but has a blast area of 1,500 meters in diameter. And you think your going to destroy Israel I say bring it on my god will destroy your uncircumcised satan worshipping fools. Bring it on Israel trying to be nice but the bible is true it said all this was coming to pass its been 100 percent accurate for all this time it says how this is going to go down and how it will end the four horseman are riding out your time like Satan’s is short. Its finished and you dont even see it comming. Repent and bow the knee to Christ if you do it now you wil be saved if not you will do it before your destroyed. What a joke destroy Israel 6000 years every super power nation has tried and failed including your great muslim leaders couldnt do it why couldnt mohammed destroy them there was no united states or even england they hated the jews so how come your great Mohammed could defeat such a small nation. Stop blowing smoke up your own butt Israel will take care of that for you.

  5. The Obama regime is bringing their DemocRAT kapos to do their dirty work against Israel. Indyk and the others are their house 'Jews' attack dogs who need to thrown out of Israel faster than Kerry who is a descendant of a meshumad.

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