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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

MICHAEL BELL

John Kerry’s Mideast peace plan is a very long shot, but worth the effort

Neither the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the Palestinian Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas expect that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to jump start negotiations on a two-state solution will lead to a breakthrough. Despite countless efforts over many decades, never have Palestinians and Israelis been able to accommodate each other. The closest they have come has been the Barak-Arafat negotiations of 2000 and the Olmert-Abbas discussions of 2008. Even with the best will in the world they could not break through the logjam of mistrust and fear.