Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Latest Israel-Palestine peace talks unlikely to mend schism

Twenty-six Palestinians imprisoned by Israel were released late August 13 as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement allowing the resumption of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, The New York Times reported…The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been more of a symbol for various political ideologies than a true geopolitical tussle…Releasing the Palestinian prisoners was a prerequisite for both sides to restart negotiations and only indicates conciliatory beginnings rather than advancement in negotiations…Both sides needed to agree to these talks to avoid being the party which failed to respond...Hamas and Fatah are at a significant low point in regional heft and will use the negotiations to leverage their wavering influence…Israel lives in a present reality without its historical enemy threats in both Egypt and Syria and feels more attention can be given to domestic concerns such as the Palestinian issue…However a host of political constraints on each side coupled with mutually exclusive end-goals will prevent these talks from achieving any real success.

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