Experienced foreign affair maverick and politician who learned how to tackle many serious issues over the last few decades as US Senator John Kerry finally opened doors for continuation of MidEast Peace Process between Israel and Palestine. According to latest media reports Palestinians and Israelis will finally sit and open new round of negotiations, despite world wide scepticism regarding possible deal. Peace process is stalled over the last two years due to unwillingness from both sides to reach compromise on key issues: Israeli settlements and Palestinian 1967 border requests.
Now John Kerry, as Hillary Clinton, successor is working hard on this process clearly showing Obama’s second administration determination to make some change or to move whole process step ahead. Recent visits, hours long meetings with Israeli leader Netanyahu, Palestininan Abu Mazen as Abbas is well known and a key regional player Hashemite King of Jordan Abdullah who’s country will clearly be significantly effected by results of this process. According to media reports from the region Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator; Tzipi Livni, the Israeli minister in charge of the peace process; and Isaac Molho, Mr. Netanyahu’s special envoy will meet with Kerry in Washington soon to kick off formal talks.
“The representatives of two proud peoples today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling and that the daunting challenges that we face are worth tackling. They have courageously recognized that in order for Israelis and Palestinians to live together side by side in peace and security, they must begin by sitting at the table together in direct talks”, said Kerry in Jordanian capital Amman following last round of talks.
Nobody is sure how far this new round of talks will go because there was no indication that the Israelis or the Palestinians had express any wish for compromise. Key issues as already is mentioned are settlement activity on Palestine territories in the West Bank or right of return of Palestinian refugees accompanied by Palestinians wish to make their country inside the 1967 borders which Israelis refused over and over. It is expected that two-state solution will be on the table and will decide fate of this project very smartly started by the new Secretary of State since he started shuffle diplomacy tours in March of this year. Prior to his activity President Obama visited region and spoke about issues of two-state solution and peace as itself.
“The only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine. Peace is necessary, but peace is also just. Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state, and that Israelis have the right to insist upon their security. Israelis must recognize that continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace, and that an independent Palestine must be viable, that real borders have to be drawn”, President Obama said in March in Jerusalem.
Since 2010 negotiations between PM Netanyahu and President Abbas peace process in MidEast was totally abandoned and US administration didn’t help much to make it better. Hillary Clinton didn’t succeed in making it operational nor she took any steps similar to her successor at the State Department. If Secretary Kerry continues working with same passion, determination and political wisdom he might succeed in making this process finally operational and maybe we will witness another peace agreement signing ceremony similar to those from 1990’s.
Secretary Kerry, PM Netanyahu and President Abbas should listen Israeli President Peres and follow his words from an interview to the Croatian Jutarnji list from 2010 state visit to Zagreb when he said:
“If two people can live together in the same building under the same roof for them you build two houses. You may not have agreed to share the same roof if you do not have such a floor. We have two states. We cannot force them, and even those of us that live in the same house. In fact there is no future. There is the fact that we live next to each other in peace. There is no other solution than the one which involves two separate states. The Palestinians will get their independent state. There is some controversy on the border line, but it is not more than 3, 4 or 5 percent.”