The framework game

Most pundits rate the probability of the Kerry initiative producing a breakthrough historic peace deal as very low.

By LESLIE SUSSER
December 26, 2013 09:30

 
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Five months into John Kerry’s relentless Middle East peace effort, the American secretary of state and his European allies pulled out all the stops to make Israel and the Palestinians an offer they could not refuse.

The proposed “framework agreement” carefully crafted by Kerry and his team sought to address both sides’ deepest concerns: security for Israel and the territorial contours of a final peace for Palestine. To this the Europeans added an unprecedentedly munificent offer of economic aid and cooperation for both parties if they concluded a peace deal, coupled with a threat of harsh punitive economic measures if they didn’t.

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