Almost three months have gone by since US Secretary of State John Kerry announced at a news conference in Jordan the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and very little is known in political circles about their nature. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni — who is in charge of negotiations — does not share information about her talks with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, even with members of her own Hatnua Party, which she chairs. Livni has not volunteered an iota of information in private conversations with her faction’s Knesset members either. She will only say the talks are serious, and she is under the impression that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sincere in his intent to achieve a peace agreement.
Over the past three months, Livni has become a regular guest at Netanyahu’s office, spending many hours there discussing the negotiations with him and his confidant, attorney Yitzhak Molcho.