The requisites of Israeli-Palestinian peace

Given the volatility of the Mideast, especially in the wake of the Arab Spring, Israel's security arrangements need to guarantee right to defend itself regardless of new developments.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, June 27, 2013.
Photo by: Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv
Over the past few months, since the establishment of the third government headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have spearheaded a serious effort to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

I participated in the meetings with Obama during his visit to Israel last March, and in the subsequent meetings with Kerry and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. I was deeply impressed by their clear support for the Jewish state and their strong desire to bring the Israelis and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, without preconditions, so as to arrive at a peaceful solution to the conflict.

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