Magazine article Newsweek International

Why Talks Failed

Magazine article Newsweek International

Why Talks Failed

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Byline: Dan Ephron

Washington's decision to stop pushing Israel for a settlement freeze could well mean no direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for months or even years. Though the U.S. is promising more shuttle diplomacy, a stalemate is now likely, at least until Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reconfigures his coalition or leaves office in 2013. But would face-to-face talks by Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have made a difference? New details about the three negotiating sessions the two men held in September suggest not.

The negotiations took place over the course of three weeks, with additional meetings between advisers. According to a Palestinian official involved in the talks and an Israeli source familiar with the details, the gaps were so wide that neither side saw much potential. The sources said Netanyahu presented to Palestinians what he called Israel's "security concept" and said they had to accept it before he would discuss other issues, including the borders of a future Palestinian state. The concept involved keeping Israeli troops stationed along a swath of territory on the Palestinian side of Israel's West Bank barrier to protect what Israel calls its "narrow waistline." That strip would be several kilometers wide at some points, according to the Palestinian source, and run along much of the seam line under a permanent status agreement. Also under the security concept, Israel had to protect itself against the possible collapse of the Hashemite regime in Jordan and the rise of a hostile Islamic state there. …

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