Kerry Convinces Israel and Palestine to Resume Peace Talks
Netanyahu and Abbas agree to start talks again tomorrow in Washington
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are seated together at the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume long-stalled direct peace talks tomorrow, according to the State Department. It says both sides have accepted invitations from John Kerry to come to Washington "to formally resume direct final status negotiations." A department spokesperson says Kerry called Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas today and both agreed that the talks would "serve as an opportunity to develop a procedural work plan for how the parties can proceed with the negotiations in the coming months."

"Both leaders have demonstrated a willingness to make difficult decisions that have been instrumental in getting to this point," says Kerry in a statement. "We are grateful for their leadership." The carefully worded statement offers no details of the framework for the resumption of the talks that broke down five years ago, although both sides' positions are well known. The statement was released shortly after the Israeli Cabinet agreed to release 104 long-term Palestinian prisoners convicted of deadly attacks, meeting a longstanding Palestinian demand.

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justsaynn
Jul 29, 2013 2:07 AM CDT
You know, ya got to give Netanyahu some credit, as I am sure he is taking a lot of crap for the planned release of those prisoners, in order to help this along. And Abbas is probably catching the same from his people for different reasons. That being said, I suspect the outcome will be more of the same. No real progress. However, unless Israel turns to some form of apartheid as their Muslim population grows so much more than the Jewish population, even with immigration, creating a Muslim majority in their own borders, one would think the demigrafics would force some kind of change in the not so far future. Hope Israel does not do another "preventative" attack of Syria or Iran as a diversionary tactic. I doubt they can drag us into the frey after their unsuccessful attempt to change who we put into Defence head. And Jonathan Pollard can stay in prison for being a spy on America, as that had nothing to do with Palestine, and everything to do with our good friends, Israel.
njgreen
Jul 28, 2013 9:58 PM CDT
Now or never guys - come on!!
VooDoo
Jul 28, 2013 9:58 PM CDT
How dare Kerry assume I dont want Israelis dead