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DO PALESTINIANS REALLY CARE ABOUT A “PEACE PROCESS?”

New York, NY, April 18 - Yesterday's expected talks between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad failed to materialize when the latter chose not to attend the talks and instead sent two lower level assistants to the meeting.

 

It has now been two years since top level talks between the two sides have taken place, notwithstanding Israel’s offer to meet anytime, anyplace, without preconditions.

 

"There is lots of lip service given to the importance of the peace process," said Jack Rosen, Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry. "But it takes two to tango, and it's quite evident the Palestinians prefer to posture, go to the UN and do just about anything other than sit down with the government of Israel.


"Negotiations will be difficult and both sides will have to make sacrifices, but the sooner the process begins in earnest, the sooner we’ll reach the goal of two states for two peoples,” Rosen continued.


"Salam Fayyad has done a lot of good things for the Palestinian people under very difficult circumstances, not least of which is the high wire act he conducts while both Fatah and Hamas take constant pot shots at him. As usual, they try to undermine the only Palestinian politician who actually gets things done on the ground, and no doubt they have forced him to abandon the latest opportunity to explore peace with Israel. It's very disappointing, but it hardly comes as a surprise," Rosen concluded.

 

 

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