Jerusalem (CNN) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders were looking forward to direct talks this week in Washington with both hope and apprehension. The two sides have agreed to hold direct peace talks beginning Thursday, the first such talks since 2008.
"I am convinced that if the Palestinian leadership approaches these talks with the same degree of seriousness as [us], we will be able to advance toward a stable agreement that will ensure peace and security for both peoples and will contribute to the security and stability of the region," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Netanyahu leaves for Washington on Tuesday, he said, with the goal to "seriously and responsibly" advance a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The talks will be held without prior conditions, he said.
As long as the Palestinians do what we say than perhaps we can get an agreement– according to Netanyahu.
I doubt very much that the Netanyahu crowd is going into these talks without some scheme to grab more land.
I hope something comes out of this. I know both sides have a large human stake in this as do I. I have family living in Israel. There needs to be a solution. People cannot continue to live in poverty in Gaza. Israeli's need to stop building settlements where they are not suppose to. Palestinians need to stop the rockets. No more prisoner swaps for 23 live soldiers for 2 dead ones. This is not brain surgery. Let us work this out with this administration. I have high hopes.
Thank you Mr. President and Secretary Clinton.
It is time we realized that Israel is should no longer be our only ally in the Middle East. They have stolen land from the Palestinians, they have continued to build settlements on land that they took from families who had papers of ownership and they have blockaded food and supplies to Gaza! Now to say that the Palestinians should die ahead of the peace talks shows how the country of Israel is filled with the knowledge that we will help them out of everything. This has got to stop!
This really doesn't amount to much.Obama foreign policy is a complte disaster anyway.Middle East peace is too much of a dream and Obama is too much aligned with Muslims.
Israel has no allies in the Middle East and it would be beneficial to them to seek peace.
This would be a great moment if these talks amounts to an agreement and once and for all – Israel and Palestine will live side by side in harmony.
Yes, and yet another ACCOMPLISHMENT by the Obama Administration with Hillary Clilnton as the lead!!! Yes We Can!!!!!!!!!!
Israel's job is not to seek peace: that's not why we want it there.
The "meaning of Israel" is to prevent the union of Arab countries into a single empire, and to provide an American base for military action to protect our oil supply.
One more drama
Sorry, the look on Netanyahu face is not peace.
jim – Do you realize that 'peace in the Middle East' includes Muslims? That the USA can't automatically align with anything that Israel comes up with? BTW, 'Complete disaster'?
Facts – Palestinians are starting to get fed up with the Hamas (for their extremism) as much as they are with the Fattah (for their corruption and incompetence), but they don't have the means nor the ways to develop their country (which exists although it wasn't officially recognized as such) thanks to the complete control that a foreign country (Israel) has on their borders (which limitates the amount of what they can import).
Israel claim that they do so to prevent the access of the Fattah to materials that could be used to create bombs or missiles is biased, as if the terrorists among the Palestinians hae no other 'sources' for materials for their bombs... and in the end all they are achieving with their (self) security measures is the slow death of an entire population.
The Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both coming here with the idea that they are going to pull off an international Burger King. Each of them thinks they are going to have it their way. They have no interest in coming to a general concenses.