Israeli and Palestinian officials are set to resume peace talks tonight in Washington, D.C., the first time both parties have held direct talks since 2010. Secretary of State John Kerry had been shuttling back and forth to the Middle East to encourage a meeting, and last night the Israeli cabinet also signaled a move toward talks, voting to approve the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners. We discuss the conditions of reviving Palestinian-Israeli peace discussions and the likelihood for success.

Indira Lakshmanan, senior correspondent covering foreign policy at Bloomberg News, who has has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry
Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and former special assistant to President Obama and the National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region
Abraham Sofaer, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, who served as legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990
George Bisharat, professor of law at UC Hastings College of Law, and former legal consultant to the Palestinian Legislative Council

  • Realist

    I’m tired of peace talks. If these groups really dislike each other, just let them fight it out. Peace without war first will never work. Everyone is being held back by the USA’s insistence on getting in the way and coddling Israel. Let them all have their catharsis and violence.

  • Esther Riley

    Considering that both sides want the whole of what was Mandate Palestine and considering that the Palestinians will not feel satisfied until they can exercise their right of return and considering that both the Israelis and the Palestinians want statehood, what would you think of implementing a different kind of two-state solution: two states on the same land, forming a condominium in which both states have sovereignty over the same land and have share governance on all matters of common concern as equals? See for details.

  • Candis Meetra Dastmalchi

    I’m tired of this Zionist propagandist. Arabs are treated like garbage in Israel. He’s a complete liar and fraud.
    At Israel’s inception, a single state solution was favored. It was the Zionists that wanted this genocide thy there is today so that they can take over the entire territory. The settlements are illegal and the Zionist interpretation of their rights in the region is fascist and disgusting. Furthermore it is dangerous to the community of Jews who so not support racism and hatred against Arabs. Zionism is a shame upon Abraham an ALL his children, including Arabs.
    Maybe the Zionist on this show could address the contradiction of Israel: that it demands recognition without having declared its borders officially and formally

  • Figjam_US

    …This process has always been baffling and produces nothing – why is the US “responsible” for bringing about peace talks with two reluctant parties? Where is the UK or the EU? Where is the Arab League? All of these parties are closer to the “situation” than the US.

    If the Palestinians and Israeli’s actually wanted peace – there is no need for an intermediary. The guests all agreed that there are simply in-negotiable demands from both sides – so why bother until both sides are truly willing to negotiate everything?

  • Jane Hamber

    How helpful are the key elements of the Hamas charter and the following comments from Palestinians helpful for peace?
    –Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims.”
    –“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate
    it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
    –“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day.It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. ”
    –“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors”

    ==On the Temple Mount last week an Hizb ut-Tahrir Iman “incited a crowd of hundreds of Muslims calling for the destruction of America, France, Britain and Rome.”
    ==A senior Hamas official proclaiming last week that Hamas had the right to attack Israeli embassies and interests as well as senior
    Israeli officials anywhere in the world. He added that the resistance is also entitled to harm the interests of Israel’s allies, headed by the U.S
    ==Hamas official Ahmad Bahr, (deputy speaker of the Palestinian
    Legislative Council) proclaimed “Oh, Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters” and “the Americans and their supporters. Oh, Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without leaving a single one.”
    ==Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan proclaimed:‘The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the
    Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: ‘Oh,Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!’ We must remind our Arab and Muslim nation, its leaders and people, its scholars and students, remind them that Palestine and the Al Aqsa mosque will not be liberated through summits nor by international resolutions, but it will be liberated through the rifle.”

    PS: Additionally, how helpful are the following sentiments of Palestinians: In a recent poll, 40% of Palestinians said that attacks against civilians in defense of Islam can be often or sometimes justified. And just two years ago, Palestinians officials in Gaza still praised Bin Laden as a holy warrior and condemned America for killing him. At the same time, 64% of Palestinians said that they would welcome a Bin Laden burial in “Palestine”

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