July 29th, 2013
01:38 PM ET

A flicker of hope as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set for Monday

By Michael Schwartz and Ashley Fantz from Jerusalem

For the first time in three years, Israelis and Palestinians will come to the negotiating table in Washington on Monday night.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated praise for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday morning.

The talks will be "a difficult process," but he added that the consequences of not trying could be worse. Kerry said the goal is to seek "reasonable compromises" on "tough, complicated, emotional" and symbolic issues, then he announced former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, as U.S. envoy to the talks.

Indyk understands that peace will not come easily, but that "there is now a path forward, and we must follow that path with urgency," Kerry added.

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  1. Mercyful Fate

    Israel should just take off the gloves and put an end to this Arab garbage.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  2. Lese Majeste

    Yeah, just keep talking for another 20 or so years and their won't be a Palestine left, it will have been gobbled up by Israel.

    July 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  3. StanCalif

    Benjamin Netanyahu's typical response is to send in the bulldozers and demolish more Palestinian homes whenever he doesn't get "his way"! Be sure, the bulldozers are fully fueled and ready to go! Be sure they will go, soon!
    Benjamin Netanyahu has no credibility anymore, he should wake up and realize he does much more damage than good. The only thing that saves his hide is that US Congressional representatives all adore him!!! Millions of campaign dollars at stake! Our representatives work for the money, very little else. Congress doesn't serve us anymore, just whoever will "donate"! What a joke of a democracy!

    July 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  4. Thinker23

    "Kerry said the goal is to seek "reasonable compromises"..."

    Can someone explain what was exactly the meaning of "reasonable compromises" Palestinians will have to make and if similar compromises made by Israel will be considered "reasonable" as well?

    July 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Mr.Deeds

      I guess to agree that we need to agree. I really don't see much happening with this. Israel had to release prisoners just to get them to the table. They been trying for around 20 yrs so we shall see.

      July 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • StanCalif

        No, Benjamin Netanyahu did not agree to release these prisoners unconditionally. He has to be "satisfied" first, then he just might release a few prisoners! Get the facts straight! There will be no release of prisoners, because Benjamin Netanyahu will not accept Palestinian terms! This is all pure hog wash!

        July 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
      • Mr.Deeds

        Your correct excuse me. Still don't see much happening.

        July 30, 2013 at 4:40 am |

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