PA: Kerry said he’d get a settlement freeze
posted at 1:35 pm on August 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
How are those Israeli-Palestinian talks going after their five-year hiatus? Why, it’s almost like time has stood still. The effort kicked off with the Palestinian Authority accusing the US of deception on settlements:
Palestinian officials in Ramallah have accused the US Administration of deceiving and misinforming the Palestinian Authority with regards to the peace talks with Israel.
The officials told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that they were concerned about the US Administration’s role in the peace talks with Israel, especially its position on plans to build new homes in settlements and east Jerusalem neighborhoods. …
A senior Palestinian official told Al-Hayat that US Secretary of State John Kerry gave the Palestinians assurances that Israel would decrease construction in settlement blocs. The official also claimed that Kerry promised that Israel would halt construction in settlements outside the blocs during the peace negotiations.
“It’s obvious that Kerry was either deceived by the Israelis or that he’s deceiving us in order to keep us at the negotiating table,” the official said.
Yeah … just like old times. Plus, Abbas offered this as a measure of just how much hope to put into this process:
It quoted Abbas as telling the officials: “I have told the US Administration 10 times, and I’m ready to tell them again that we won’t accept any solution that contradicts the Palestinian vision.”
Historically speaking, the “Palestinian vision” has been a state from the Mediterranean to the Jordan, which would leave nothing but memories for the Israelis. It doesn’t sound as though we should expect much from these talks, although this might just be Abbas’ way of getting the usual niceties out of the way first. (via Roger L. Simon)