Will John Kerry's Mideast Peace Framework Bring Results?

(Washington Post) Editorial - After 10 visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Secretary of State John Kerry has made no visible progress toward a comprehensive peace deal - a long-shot cause that he has single-mindedly pursued even as more violent and urgent crises in Syria, Iraq and Egypt are starved of U.S. engagement. If Palestinians are seen as having passed up this U.S. initiative - having rejected previous framework offers in 2000 and 2008 - Abbas should lose what remains of his credibility in Washington. If Israelis and Palestinians prove unwilling in the next few weeks to commit themselves to the broad trade-offs a peace deal requires, Kerry should accept defeat - and spend a little more time on the wars, coups and terrorism engulfing the rest of the region.

2014-01-07 00:00:00

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