Israeli officials’ jibes at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have intensified as he works on a blueprint for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, forcing him to defend a mission already burdened by wide gaps.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the growing global campaign to sanction his country for West Bank settlements, saying such efforts weaken Palestinian willingness to make compromises for a peace deal.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon apologized for criticizing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace efforts after the Obama administration condemned his comments as “offensive and inappropriate.”
Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early today as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepared another effort to recharge peace talks that were branded a failure by the chief Palestinian negotiator.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved forward with efforts to assemble a broad governing coalition after recruiting former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with a promise to let her manage peace talks.
While John Kerry’s frequent trips to the Middle East have generated headlines and created a sense of momentum, there’s little evidence so far that the U.S. secretary of state is close to his goal of producing an Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement.
The more Israel’s former foreign minister and chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, talks about making peace with the Palestinians, the more polls show her dwindling into obscurity before next week’s election.