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In this March 30, 2014, photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a question at a news conference in Paris.
In this March 30, 2014, photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a question at a news conference in Paris.
(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Patrick Martin

As Mideast peace talks collapse, these three culprits are to blame

After eight months and lots of hype, the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, intended to finalize a two-state solution to the 66-year conflict, came unravelled this week.

Israelis blames the Palestinians for blindsiding them by filing documents making Palestine a party to a number of international convenants. This play for international recognition violates an agreement that the Palestinians would not do such a thing as long as the peace talks were underway, the Israelis say.