Israel and Palestinians Almost Talk
Posted May 5, 2010on:
Although both parties absolutely refuse to meet in person to discuss their disputes, proximity talks through a third party are acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians. This third party is named George Mitchell, and he is the U.S. peace envoy to the Middle East. Mitchell has already met with the Israeli Premier, and is set to discuss current issues with the president of the Palestinian Authority sometime Wednesday. While Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is optimistic about this drawn out system of communication, President Mahmoud Abbas fears that Palestinians may have little to gain. President Abbas’ main concern appears to be that President Obama’s terms for both contacts went too soft on Israel. Abbas complained that many of the requested guarantees from Israel were not present on the final draft. However, this is the first step in a marathon of diplomacy.