Secretary of State John Kerry has the Israelis and Palestinians talking again. In the context of all that is happening in the Middle East, that qualifies as a positive.
Kerry does not give up. That has been well documented before. While many see the Israeli-Palestinian issue as a morass, Kerry believes the United States does not have the luxury of staying on the sidelines.
So six months after he took office – and three years after talks broke off — Kerry has gotten both sides to sit down and make a commitment to give the talks at least nine months, enough time for a baby to be born. But is it enough time for true prospects for any settlement to even consummate?
The talks are expected to go to a second round by the middle of August.
There is some stunned praise for Kerry’s efforts, almost immediately followed by the skepticism bred from decades of diplomatic failure.
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