Tensions over Possible Peace Talks in Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel has reached a tentative agreement with the U.S. to revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

That agreement was met with scorn and skepticism on Sunday from members of his right leaning coalition government, including members of his Likud Party.

No date has been set for the negotiations, let alone any blueprint being released of the possible terms and conditions. Therefore, it does not appear Netanyahu is at risk of having a political crisis on his hands.

Rare praise for Netanyahu coming from the opposition center-left suggested they might replace nationalist allies he could lose over a peace accord in the future.

Netanyahu along with Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian President has not spoken publically about the possible talks, in maintaining the discretion that John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State had requested. Kerry announced the peace talks’ breakthrough Friday following months of delicate mediation.

The U.S. hopes to be host to the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators within the next week for the launching of the final talks on the founding of a Palestinian state next to the Jewish state, in the territories the latter was able to capture during the Middle East war of 1967.

However, Netanyahu’s partner Avigdor Lieberman from the ruling Likud Beitenu coalition, ridiculed the thought that more than an interim accord could be achieved in the conflict that has gone on for decades.

Leiberman wrote that negotiations are important but it was more important that the negotiations be predicated on realism not illusions.

He wrote there was not solution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, at least for the coming years.

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