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Beilin calls Obama 'serious disappointment' on peace talks

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Minister Yossi Beilin blames the Americans for insisting on a final status agreement instead of working on interim arrangements like former President George W. Bush’s road map.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) shakes hands with Yossi Beilin, a member of the Israeli Parliament and chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party, during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 2, 2007. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel (WEST BANK) - RTR1P9FY
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Throughout all the months of negotiations led by US Secretary of State John Kerry, former Minister Yossi Beilin asked himself what, exactly, the Americans were trying to do and why they didn't understand that the attempt to reach a final status agreement is futile. The former Meretz chairman, who was also one of the architects of the Oslo Accord and the Geneva Initiative, hoped that perhaps there was information he was not privy to. But he knew very quickly that, as he had foreseen, no good would emerge from this round of talks.

In a May 28 interview with Al-Monitor, Beilin argues that assuming a permanent arrangement is not possible at this stage, the only implementable solution is an interim arrangement along the lines of former US President George W. Bush’s road map. And like those who preceded him, Beilin criticizes the way the Americans mediated between the sides in the recent months. The text of the interview follows:

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