Moving the goalposts

A dozen visits to the Middle East by Kerry, 24 rounds of talks between the principal negotiators – and yet a final status agreement remains way beyond reach.

Tzipi Livni, John Kerry, and Saeb Erekat
Photo by: Reuters

July 30, 2013:  “Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months”  –  John Kerry, US Secretary of State. December 7, 2013:  “It is possible over the next several months to arrive at a framework that does not address every single detail but gets us to a point where everybody recognizes it’s better to move forward than go backwards.” – Barack Obama, US President.

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