Jerusalem Report

What next?

As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stagnate, unilateralism rears its head.

Benjamin Netanyahu
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A month before the late April deadline, prospects for a breakthrough in Israel- Palestinian peace talks do not look good. Each side blames the other for the failure to get past square one and agree on terms of reference for further negotiations.

“The level of mistrust is as large as any level of mistrust I’ve ever seen on both sides,” the American mediator John Kerry told a Senate panel in mid-March. “Neither believes the other is really serious. Neither believes the other is prepared to make some of the big choices that have to be made here,” the unbowed, but uncharacteristically downbeat secretary of state declared.

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