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US: Negotiations Resume Wednesday, ‘Outpost’ Construction Illegitimate

To remind you, the first release of Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands is scheduled for Tuesday, on the eve of the talks in Jerusalem.
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)
Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State

In Thursday’s State department’s daily press briefing, Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced that the peace negotiations (lovingly nicknamed MEPP) between the Israelis and Palestinians will resume on August 14 in Jerusalem, to be followed by a meeting in Jericho.

In response to a question about the Israeli government’s decision to build between 800 and 1,000 more housing units on the wrong side of the “green line,” Psaki answered: “Our position on settlements has not changed. We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and oppose any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts.”

But she was quick to add that Secretary of State John Kerry still “believes both of the negotiating teams are at the table in good faith and are committed to working together to make progress.” Meaning, she thinks the announcement was little more than some muscle flexing in Jerusalem, in preparation for the next bout with the Palestinians, nothing that couldn’t be shut down in a phone call. Indeed, she added, “We are speaking to the Government of Israel and making our concerns known.”

According to Psaki, Ambassador Martin Indyk, who’s been not-achieving peace in the Middle East since late last century, and Deputy Special Envoy Frank Lowenstein, also known as a Kerry staffer, “will travel to the region to help facilitate negotiations.”

But lest you raise your hopes in vain, according to Psaki, Kerry does not expect to make any announcements in the aftermath of this round of talks.

As The Jewish Press reported earlier, Secretary Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice held roundtable discussions with Jewish American and Arab American community leaders last night, and there’s one coming this Friday morning, at the White House. These meetings are expected to serve as “an opportunity to update community leaders on the resumption of direct final status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, as well as to hear directly from these community leaders about their perspectives.”

Indyk and Lowenstein also attend these two meetings.

Before the first meeting, Psaki stated the Secretary is “looking forward to these discussions with leaders who have been deeply involved in these issues for many, many years, and who share our goal of achieving a final status agreement with two states living side by side in peace and security.”

Or, as our reporter Lori Lowenthal Marcus put it: “Kerry Briefs Jewish ‘Leaders’ (Cheerleaders?) on MidEast Talks.”

To remind you, the first release of Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands is scheduled for Tuesday, on the eve of the talks in Jerusalem.

As to the construction in outposts, about which the U.S. is so upset – it began with an announcement by Minister Naftali Bennett earlier this week, about renewing construction in East Jerusalem, a legally annexed area under Israeli sovereignty. But, of course, none of it is happening any time soon. As we told you over these screens, Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home is the one coalition member which is not part of the peace negotiations “team.” By team, of course, they mean anyone but Bennett and Uri Ariel. So, the honorable minister’s ability to turn his promises about construction into actual construction is very similar to your and my ability in the same area.

So he might as well promise a million new uinit. Sounds better and has the same results.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “US: Negotiations Resume Wednesday, ‘Outpost’ Construction Illegitimate”

  1. West Bank settlements and outposts are 100% legal under international law:

    http://shomroncentral.blogspot.co.il/p/5-legal-rights-to-samaria.html

  2. This blackmailing and hyprocacy to the Israeligoverment is not to understand, now the US and Palestinian about for new settelments before the first cruelty terrorosts murders, really what is happening?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The Israeli's should send Kerry home with no teeth left in his mouth and tell the un and eu to stay out of Israels business.Then tell the Palestinians to either live peaceful lives or be prepared to die!

  4. Benjamin Fox says:

    Kerry the coward of Nam lie's like his boss, only lie's when his lips are moving and the coward never shuts up. The Arabs don't want peace and not even the land they could get, they want all the land and all Jews dead, don't give into anything Israel as they will always be your enemies.

  5. A judenrein Palestine will only happen when Israel is arabrein and a middle/mortar-proof fence is erected. Israeli towns in Judea/Samsria should and will become Israel. The only alternative is to clear every Arab from biblical Israel and be done with it!!!!

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    so is construction in Washington D.C. which is native American Indian property.
    No wonder why the native American Indians support Israel after under US mandates, land owned by others are usurped by American self interests.

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