Working outside the peace process

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May 8, 2014 12:36

The peace process, at least for now, is over but unofficial negotiations are all set to go ahead next month.




FROM LEFT, former Palestinian Preventive Security Services head and Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Ce

FROM LEFT, former Palestinian Preventive Security Services head and Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub and Gilead Sher, a former negotiator who lead the Jewish state’s team at the Camp David talks in 2000. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The peace process, at least for now, is over. Fatah and Hamas announced a reconciliation agreement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority Prime Mahmoud Abbas of colluding with a terrorist organization and negotiations were cut off. Hamas reiterated its commitment to the tactics of terror, and nobody thinks official negotiations will restart anytime soon.

Unofficial negotiations are all set to go ahead next month. Talks, to be conducted under the auspices of a new civil society project calling itself Peacehub, will be live-streamed online from June 16 to 20, bringing together academics, experts and prominent Israelis and Palestinians to try to hash out their differences in as public a forum as possible.

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