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    • 28.05.13 | 12:54 (IDT)

    If Kerry wants to make any headway in resolving the conflict he has to act as unbiased intermediary. If the above report is correct than it is clear that he is not doing so. No-one is now under any illusions that Bibi would be happy to see the Palestinians 'with full stomachs' so long as he does not have to cede any territory or in other words - he is hoping that he can buy them off by dangling the carrot of greater economic prosperity and that this will be sufficient to stop them demanding statehood. I wonder if deep in his heart he really does believe this - but than he will say anything so long as it does not help the Palestinians to achieve a just and viable state. But if Kerry is also parroting the same line about the priority being greater economic prosperity for the Palestinians rather getting down to the real issue of where the border should run, he is simply buying into Bibi's game. If he does that the chances of him helping to resolve the conflict are zero. Instead he could end up being perceived as the secretary of state who actually entrenched the occupation by trying to show that it was Abbas who was the 'refusenik'.

    from the article: Abbas talks tough in face of foreign pressure to renew peace talks with Israel
    First published 23:46 27.05.13 | Last updated 23:46 27.05.13
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