United States’ Secretary of State John Kerry is in favor of peace talks between Israel and Palestine, but recognises that the negotiation process, which at present is at a stalemate on the question of the Israeli settlements on the Left Bank, could be difficult.
Last May, John Kerry spoke with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and with the Palestine Authority President Mahmud Abbas, both of whom have admitted to be in favor of Peace between Israel and Palestine. The current attempt is the Secretary of State’s fifth attempt to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestine, all of which have stopped when faced by the new Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
“I think that both believe that process for peace between Israel and Palestine is above the contingent moment and is more important for their countries than any other of their current political situations,” the united States Secretary of State John Kerry stated during the press conference in Kuwait together with the country’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Saba Jaled Al Saba. “For this reason, both have confirmed the seriousness of the proposal. I wouldn’t be here if I weren’t convinced that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine are possible,” John Kerry said.
The American Secretary of State hasn’t set a date for the peace talks between Israel and Palestine yet, but he has warned that it is necessary to make progress before the annual session of the General Assembly of the UN, which will take place next September. John Kerry sustains that it is important to overcome the loss of trust “in order to avoid disappointments the failures of the past,” reminding us that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine were interrupted at the end of 2010 following a dispute over the construction of the Israeli settlements on the West Bank, land that the Palestinians feel are part of their future state.
On Netanyahu’s part, and in an apparent attempt to support the efforts of the United States Secretary of State John Kerry, he has silently blocked the construction of new settlements on the West Bank even though projects that were already in progress since he came into power last month, even though projects that were already in progress continue to advance.