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Kerry’s Shuttle Diplomacy Without a Map

John Kerry has launched his shuttle diplomacy, with previous benchmarks such as the Clinton Parameters of 2000 and the Olmert-Abbas understanding of 2008 all but forgotten or ignored, writes Alon Pinkas.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks during his meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Paul J. Richards/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXYEIP

Unsurprisingly, it didn't take Israelis and Palestinians long before they declared with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry's first "shuttle" trip to the region failed. Conditions are "unacceptable" and the "obstacles are too big." And this is before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

Welcome to the wonderful, bizarre, smoke-and-mirrors world of Middle East peace making, Mr. Secretary. Get used to it; it won't get better.

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