Washington – By arranged a work plan for the next year, Palestinian and Israeli leaders formally opened up peace dialogue Thursday, but on the key issues of Israeli housing construction in disputed areas adjourned without progress, the negotiations will be threatened to sabotage quickly by an issue.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to be session at the State Department. They are agreed to work out an outline and come across again on Sept. 15. As the first step to obtaining a final peace deal by next September who’s last personally sitting was 20 months ago. The two leaders plan to hold dialogues every two weeks.
The four-hour meeting is hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Secretary of State, who praised the two leaders.
She explained, “The decision to sit at this table was not easy. As we know how difficult the road ahead will be, and we have been here before.”
However, diplomats said both sides of officials as well as their American colleagues over the settlement construction dispute remain deeply anxious.
In the occupied West Bank ends on Sept 26, a partial Israeli moratorium on new settlements and Jewish leaders are hesitant to develop it. If construction resumes, Palestinians have risked walking out on the discusses at the same time.
According to diplomats who refused to be recognized because of the over sensitivity of the talks – in hopes that it will be easier for each to give ground in coming weeks, U.S officials have advised Palestinian and Israeli leaders to stop publicity announcing their situations.
If the talks gained momentum in the coming weeks, American officials hope that will give officials on both sides of the political cover to make compromises, would only inflame their current constituencies.
As the talks persevere, the diplomats noted, it also will change into more difficult for the leaders to halt off their participation.
The opinion of diplomats and outside observers also say it’s still not easy to understand how a settlement could be obtained.
In the West Bank, Israeli would allow construction only in the large settlement blocs that Israeli expects to annex in a final peace deal by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Daniel Meridor under one proposal.
Which areas would be headed for annexation will be difficult to be sorted out precisely, just like critics said.