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Israel, PLO, US meet to avoid talks collapse
Published Saturday 05/04/2014 (updated) 07/04/2014 10:56
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks with Palestinian lead
negotiator Saeb Erekat (L) and State Department Mideast adviser
Martin Indyk in Washington March 3, 2014
(Pool/AFP/File Kevin Lamarque)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet jointly Sunday with US envoy Martin Indyk, as attempts continue to prevent the collapse of peace negotiations, officials close to the talks said.

The first three-way meeting since Wednesday comes as Washington reviews its push for a peace deal after a spiral of tit-for-tat moves by Israel and the PLO took hard-won negotiations close to collapse.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday there were "limits" to the time and energy Washington could devote to the process, adding it was time for a "reality check."

The same day Indyk met separately with chief Israeli negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and her Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erakat.

Kerry, who has engaged in more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy, had spoken to both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday in a bid to bring the two sides back from the brink.

But President Mahmoud Abbas rejected his appeals to withdraw applications he signed on Tuesday to adhere to 15 international treaties, a Palestinian official said.

And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored appeals to refrain from "unhelpful" tit-for-tat moves, asking officials to draw up a range of tough reprisals, Israeli media reported.

Israel says Abbas' move is a clear breach of promises made by the PLO when peace talks were relaunched in July to pursue no other avenues for recognition of its promised state.

Palestinians say Israel had already reneged on its own commitments by failing to release a fourth and final batch of prisoners last weekend, and that the treaty move was their response.
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1 ) Too Late / USA
05/04/2014 16:12
The US envoy, Martin Indyk, and Secretary of State, John Kerry, should both stop pretending and accept reality the 3 realities: - It is too late to undo what the PLO did at the UN, and - It is too late for the PLO to "save face" in negotiations, and - It is too late to avoid a peace talks collapse too !!!

2 ) Missionary Chuma Nnabuihe / Nigeria
05/04/2014 18:31
what a sudden change in the tempo of this game? with the current palestinian push for membership in U.N agencies, a rough time awaits Israel. The diplomatic war wil be against Israel but the time-bomb will go off when U.N accepts east Jerusalem as capital of the would be palestinian state.

3 ) @ Erekat / The Soon & Already Reality
05/04/2014 18:36
Mr. Erekat says Palestinians that "have nothing to lose", with their increased joining UN bodies as a "state", but: 1- Soon The USA will give up promoting Palestine's statehood, and 2- Already The State of Israel has started treating the PA more like the "Authority" that it really is, that (A) must speak to the military coordinator of the West Bank, rather than Israel's government, and (B) already many planned technology improvements for Palestinian areas have been cancelled.

4 ) Robert / US
05/04/2014 21:36
3 really bad men who could care less about peace, they care about $$. TIME TO HAMMER ALL WHO STAND IN THE WAY OF PEACE ...

5 ) Jody schecter / South Africa
06/04/2014 07:03
The Palestinians always seem to make the wrong moves...picking a fight they were sure to lose in gaza...and now running to the UN...it's really too bad

6 ) Reyad Saeed / Palestine
06/04/2014 08:13
Negotiations have ben taken by Israelis just to cover the process of swalowing the rest of west bank and Israel is not willing to give Palestinians anything so it is better to stop this game and Palestinians have to find better ways to keep their homeland.
Reyad Saeed/Palestine

7 ) Mel / USA
06/04/2014 13:33
PALESTINE! Don't focus on these dancers,political puppets/stooges words on "talks","negotiations".It's ALL a ruse to seem'democractic',while imperialist ETHNO-THEOCRACY ACTS! Don't take your eyes OFF the actions in the OPT's,NSEW,outposts,bulldozers,Iron Wall,Negev,apartheid ANNEXATION etc etc.That's an ONGOING ILLEGAL OCCUPATION,HAFRADA,under the ruse/myth of"negotiations".It's colonialism 101.Pretend to talk,CIVILY while you take,take,take BARBARICALLY!

8 ) Robert / US
06/04/2014 22:12
#5 jody , your opinions dont reflect the facts !! ,im talking reality ...

9 ) red / usa
06/04/2014 23:47
Indyk works for AIPAC: these are not "peace" negotiations.

10 ) Just / Asking
08/04/2014 00:55
I like Erekat's hat - that what he is wearing when he rides a camel?

11 ) @ Mel-7 / USA too
08/04/2014 18:03
- Technically, it may be "colonialism," but Arabs came to reside upon the Jewish homeland the exact same way, so in all fairness:
- If Arabs are not willing to leave for their "colonialism" (during Saladin's Era), they should not realistically expect Jews to leave for theirs, and
- If Arabs look at the Ukraine, Russia, & Crimea "colonialism" situation today, they will see that Palestinians are treated no worse than others !!!
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