Abbas: No, direct talks aren’t about to begin again

posted at 8:41 am on July 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, Reuters got a leak that claimed Israel would agree to the pre-1967 border as a precondition to kick-start stalled negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied immediately.  Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry followed that up by declaring that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to direct talks in Washington anyway.  This time, it was Mahmoud Abbas who told the media that he doesn’t know what Kerry is talking about:

The path to formal negotiations with Israel is still blocked despite a U.S. suggestion that the sides are close to returning to the table, a senior Palestinian official said in another sign of skepticism that peace talks will resume.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement late Sunday that for actual peace talks to resume, Israel must first accept its pre-1967 war frontier as a baseline and halt settlement building, demands Israel’s leader has rejected in the past. The Palestinians seek a state in the lands Israel captured in 1967.

He said that Abbas agreed to send a delegate to Washington to continue lower-level preliminary talks with an Israeli counterpart about the terms for negotiations. The Washington talks are meant to “overcome the obstacles that still stand in the way of launching negotiations,” he said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced this weekend that an agreement has been reached that establishes the basis for resuming peace talks that collapsed about five years ago.

When Kerry became Secretary of State, he did promise to bring a fresh diplomatic approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Who knew that would be fantasy fiction?  On the surface, this appears to be something out of The Parent Trap — tricking Mom and Dad into meeting someplace so that they can really discover how much they missed each other.  All we need is Hayley Mills and some really bad songwriting.

Below the surface, it does appear that the two sides have sent some lower-level envoys to Washington try to overcome the public impasse that has been in place for the last several years.  Those kinds of efforts have been going on for years to no effect on that standoff, however. The Obama administration made that impasse worse by publicly calling on Israel to agree to the pre-1967 borders demand as a prerequisite to talks, which makes it all but impossible for Abbas to let Israel off that hook.  (Hamas didn’t even accept that as the baseline for talks anyway.)  The official Israeli position is that negotiations should take place without any preconditions except for the concept of a two-state solution and both sides publicly endorsing the right of the other state to exist.  That should have been the baseline for the US, too.

It’s going to take more than Hayley Mills singing Let’s Get Together (definitely not the Al Green version) to break this impasse.  If this clumsy attempt at public pressure is the best America has to offer, then we can take the next four years off from the Israeli-Palestinian talks — and maybe we should.


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Might as well keep his worthless ass parked on that yacht that he’s avoiding taxes on, it would cause less harm.

gsherin on July 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Knight

50sGuy on July 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Might as well keep his worthless ass parked on that yacht that he’s avoiding taxes on, it would cause less harm.

gsherin on July 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

This.

petefrt on July 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Pathetic. And he almost became President.

Johnnyreb on July 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Kerry has nothing to lose.

MT on July 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

The Obama administration made that impasse worse by publicly calling on Israel to agree to the pre-1967 borders demand as a prerequisite to talks, which makes it all but impossible for Abbas to let Israel off that hook. (Hamas didn’t even accept that as the baseline for talks anyway.)

The only border Hamas, Abbas, and everyone else on the Palestinian/Arab side will accept is one where Israel ends at the shoreline between the Lebanon border and Gaza.

At the low-tide mark.

It’s a toss-up as to whether The One, the Eternal Lieutenant, the Hildebeast, etc., are either too stupid to figure this out- or are rooting for it themselves.

I figure it’s two-to-one in the “rooting for it” category, because Jean Francois’ is such a perfect moron.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I’m sure this would do it!! Maybe JibJab can put Bibbi and Abassa’s faces in place of Hayley’s and we’re on our way to a happy ending.

Deano1952 on July 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Al Green sang Let’s Stay Together. (The Youngbloods did Get Together.)

cbenoistd on July 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

When Kerry became Secretary of State, he did promise to bring a fresh diplomatic approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Who knew that would be fantasy fiction? On the surface, this appears to be something out of The Parent Trap — tricking Mom and Dad into meeting someplace so that they can really discover how much they missed each other. All we need is Hayley Mills and some really bad songwriting….

Thanks for that Ed…

*snicker*

workingclass artist on July 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

John Kerry followed that up by declaring that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to direct talks in Washington anyway

He’s just talking about Heinz ketchup contracts.

#1 on Heinz mission statement is to grow globally. Really.

faraway on July 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

If this clumsy attempt at public pressure is the best America has to offer, then we can take the next four years off from the Israeli-Palestinian talks — and maybe we should.

I think The Parent Trap theory is too complex for this administration. When it comes to Israeli-Palestinian talks, Kerry is more like a kid in the back seat constantly repeating “are we there yet” just to annoy mom and dad.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

allow me to paraphase Trayvon……Lurch is one creppy azz cracker

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

John Kerry reacted this morning –

“An agreement had been reached. That agreement establishes the basis for resuming peace talks that collapsed about five years ago. I remember it, like it was yesterday, or Christmas. It is seared into my memory. And a boat…and a river…and Colonel Kurtz or something…and Nixon…and where the hell is MY Nobel Peace Prize…if that damn Kenyan can get one…where’s the justice…dammit, Jeeves, a little whiskey in my water, and some more sugar in my tea, and what’s all these crazy questions you’re asking me? This is the craziest party that could ever be.
Don’t turn on the lights ’cause I don’t wanna see… Meds? My meds? Oh, yeah, thank you, Jeeves…I feel much better now.”

coldwarrior on July 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Why should Abbas ever agree to give and take negotiation so long as Obama keeps pressuring Israel to make unilateral concessions?

tommyboy on July 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

If this clumsy attempt at public pressure is the best America has to offer, then we can take the next four years off from the Israeli-Palestinian talks — and maybe we should.

It could be four years, forty years, or four hundred years. It doesn’t matter. As long as the Arabs do not want Israel to exist there is no basis for negotiations. Save the jet fuel.

rbj on July 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

hayley mills??? dude, bring in LiLo and she’ll have bibi and abbas swooning in no time.

chasdal on July 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

The IRA agreed to surrender weapons caches prior to talks, and ended up with political power and legitimacy they could never have otherwise gained. The PLO and Hamas do not care for that outcome, and aren’t interested in peace for, if they were, they would long since have taken the IRA lesson to heart. Kerry is a moron, as everyone knows, so it isn’t surprising that he can’t get through the week without thrusting talks backwards, but it is surprising that ALL of Obama’s FP team can’t see the obvious about PLO and Hamas. Just like the Arab side, the Obamatons miss the IRA lesson and persist in thinking negotiation will bring peace.

MTF on July 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

chasdal on July 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I’d like to see what Abbas would do with Stich.

Quartermaster on July 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Why should Abbas ever agree to give and take negotiation

He has agreed to give and take negotiation. Israel gives and he takes.

Kerry: It was seared into my memory that Abbas agreed to peace talks and Israel agreed to the pre-1967 borders.

Hillary: Miss me yet?

Steve Z on July 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Is anyone going to mention the insane amount of Botox Kerry has used recently?

Ben Hur on July 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Know what the real problem is? Abbas doesn’t know that Kerry served in VietNam

BigAlSouth on July 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

If only he were wearing his blue sperm outfit. The outcome would have been totally different.

Squiggy on July 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

This time, it was Mahmoud Abbas who told the media that he doesn’t know what Kerry is talking about

Heh. Join the crowd.

NOMOBO on July 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Another fantasy from the Walter Mitty of Cambodia.

MaiDee on July 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Is it just me or does every other country in the world think we are a joke with this kind of leadership?

nazo311 on July 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

We are soooooooooooo screwed

GarandFan on July 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM