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Jordan and the Israel-Palestine détente

A key aspect of the evaluation is how both Israel and a future sovereign Palestine can be secured against infiltration by terrorists, or defended against future invasion by jihadists, across the Jordan valley from the east.

Jordan's King Abdullah
Photo by: REUTERS
When the current Israel-Palestinian peace talks began on July 29, 2013, a nine-month gestation period was ordained. The due date for the birth of an agreement is the last day of April 2014. We are currently about half-way through this pregnancy which has, not unexpectedly, involved hard labor from the very beginning.  Whether it will turn out to have been a false pregnancy remains to be seen.

The prime mover in this enterprise is US Secretary of State John Kerry, and if an infant agreement is finally born, he may well be dubbed its daddy. At the very start of the face-to-face discussions, Kerry announced that all parties had agreed to cover the proceedings with a blanket of secrecy. Not a word would emerge about their progress from any source except Kerry himself. Any other reports emanating from supposedly informed sources would be speculation and rumor.



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