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Some Views Of Kerry's Announcement ("By George He Did It!" -- "Sovereignty Over Slivers")

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Martin Indyk, former US diplomat and Israel lobbyist, on Twitter:

"So Kerry did it. By George he did it! Negotiations will resume forthwith. Now watch the naysayers declare there'll never be an agreement."

To which our publisher, Scott Roth, responded:

" dense is Martin Indyk?"

Diana Buttu, the lawyer and negotiator, speaking at the behest of Institute for Middle East Understanding:

"While there may be jubilation in some quarters over the resumption of talks, it is important to keep in mind that the goal is not to resume an already flawed and failed process but to liberate Palestine and Palestinians from decades of Israeli rule. That goal -- freedom for Palestinians -- will not be the result of these negotiations."

MJ Rosenberg is, to say the least, unimpressed:

"This agreement is utterly bogus. Israel agrees to allow the US to state that negotiations will be based on '67 borders. That is precisely what U.S. policy has been since 1967 when UN Resolution 242 (promoted by the US) speaks of peace in exchange for 'Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.'
"This is a typical Israeli trick. Make the US accept as a concession something that is a requirement under international law. On top of that, Israel does not accept that condition but simply allows us to.
"Palestinians, on the other hand, have to agree to accept that the US favors recognizing Israel 'as a Jewish state,' an entirely new requirement made up by the Likud and AIPAC.
"The good news is that no one but Israel and its cutouts here -- the lobby, J Street, etc. -- are celebrating this 'breakthrough.'
"It is obvious to everyone (1) that this is just a typical U.S-Israel production that was rammed down the PA's throats and (2) that it has no significance whatsoever."  

Dimi Reider of +972 also isn't buying. He posted this image on Facebook.

Dimi Reider's take

Nadia Hijab of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian policy network, also at the behest of IMEU, says this is a false undertaking, to grant Palestinians "little sovereignty over slivers of Palestine":

"There is now a strong Palestinian civil society call, backed by a powerful international solidarity movement, for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. They are likely to stand against a sell-out gilded in promises of economic prosperity."

J Street is over the moon, calls it a "breakthrough" and denounces "vocal minorities" who are naysayers:

"Secretary of State John Kerry's tireless efforts to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have created an historic opportunity which must not be missed.

"...Secretary Kerry deserves the recognition of the entire world for his determination and creativity in achieving this breakthrough. We are confident he will remain fully engaged as the parties get down to negotiating. We thank President Obama for making this issue a top foreign policy priority of his second term.

"We call on Congress and American Jews to get fully behind this peace effort to give the parties the support they need to make the tough decisions necessary to resolve their conflict.

"...Such an agreement is also the only way to secure Israel's future as both a democracy and a Jewish homeland and would provide Palestinians with a vehicle in which to fulfill their self-determination and national aspirations.

"...Vocal minorities on both sides can be expected to oppose the negotiations going forward but must not be allowed to frustrate the desire of clear majorities of Israelis and Palestinians for a two-state solution to end this conflict."

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Philip Weiss is a longtime writer and journalist in New York. He co-edits a website on Israel/Palestine,, which he founded in order to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy. He is currently working on a novel about the US in Australia during WW2.

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