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Israel and Palestine Talks, Take 154*

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Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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Shake on it: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in New York in 2009, as President Barack Obama plays host.

For the first time in 20 months, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to resume direct negotiations, scheduled Sept. 2 in Washington, to talk about such thorny things as Israeli settlement activity, the borders of a future Palestinian state, and the right of Palestinian exiles to return to their homeland.

*OK, it’s not really Take 154, but there’s been a huge amount of talking and still the Palestinians are homeless. —JCL


Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations for the first time in 20 months, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington on 2 September to start the talks.

They have agreed to place a one-year time limit on the direct negotiations.

But correspondents say prospects of a comprehensive deal are slim as serious disagreements exist on the core issues.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 22, 2010 at 7:39 am Link to this comment

I hate to agree with Robert on anything but I, too, think these talks are useless.  I think the BEST that can be achieved is that Netanyahu will be SO intransigent, and will be SO castigated by the Likud for ANY concessions that the majority of Israelis will have had enough and decisively vote the right-wingers out of office.

And that’s the best we can hope for.  If THAT is achieved then, perhaps, real talks can happen. But as long as Benny and his bouncer, Avigdor Lieberman remain in power, and the ultra-rightists continue to build their Jewish Taliban, nothing will come of this other than time wasted.

I hope Obama and Clinton know something I don’t know, but I suspect they don’t, that their ENTIRE emphasis has been to get Abbas and Netanyahu to sit down together.  If that’s true, it’s doomed.

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By PatrickHenry, August 21, 2010 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

Yahoo has to do something to be given those new jet fighter in 2013.  Sort of a big carrot.

Aside from ramping up the rhetoric and killing a bunch of civilians, Israel and the middle east has been quite peaceful recently.

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By Peter Knopfler, August 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

Sorry Folks a false alarm, these meeting are Useless first Abbas is not the leader His time was up, this extension Hamas wants nothing to do with ABBAS. The talks don`t include elected by the People HAMAS. So what good, maybe to get ready for Iran, the USA says I year For Iran nukes. If Israel attacks Iran Nukes that puts an end to Palestinian talks? Buying Time For ISRAEL to get ready, Hizbolla gets ready, Hamas gets ready, Syria gets ready, Iran already ready, Ha Ha What an expensive waste of Time. New Air fighters for Xmas! fOR ISRAEL!

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By Robert, August 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab

Its “BY WAY OF DECEPTION THOU SHALL DO WAR” ! that is their motto!

ISRAEL/ZIONISM/MOSSAD have been working at many deceptions for decades…Barak Obama knows the rules…he is too timid to mess with the likes of Netanyahu!

Nothing will happen from these meetings. Israel will continue to steal more Palestinian land and build new settlements on a non-stop basis, 24 hours a day. Those bulldozers, cranes, trucks…etc…are at it non-stop. And guess who is funding all of it…yep its that ole broke American taxpayer!


Click on link to watch this short video of who the real actors are and their real names:

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By FRTothus, August 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

“Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.”
(Pink Floyd, “Pigs”)

And so the murderous lie that is the “peace process” continues.

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By Blackspeare, August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

Obama and Clinton are going to do it!  Israel and the West Bank will agree on the final border essentially the Green Line.  The Jews living in West Bank settlements will be given the option of remaining and becoming citizens of Palestine and thus become Palestinian Jews.  Those Arabs displaced in 1948 and their descendants will be given the option to return or receive payment in kind.  The payment in kind will be sufficient enough to make it hard to refuse. The new state of Palestine will sigh a non-military agreement, but with the understanding that the building of a military will eventually take place.  Gaza will be left as is hoping that the PLO will eventually displace Hamas or establish an unity government in the very near future.  By the time the new Palestinian nation builds a sufficient military force, Iran should have a sufficient number of nuclear weapons to establish parity, then we’ll see a real good land war in around five years.

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By rollzone, August 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

hello. appears fabricated for special interest. so many
absent people belong at the table- Turkey, Egypt, Iran,
Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq- they all have honorable
input. politicians are quick to make game of other dead
people. superficial public production to keep the money
flowing; expect nothing more.

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By Hammond Eggs, August 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

This isn’t even worth being called “Smoke and Mirrors”.  Netanyahu making a just peace with the Palestinians?  I’m choking from laughing so hard.  There are many other more suitably accurate terms for this BS but truthdig is a “family site”.

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