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‘Era of these negotiations is over’ says Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett as Palestinian Mustafa Barghouti says Israel reneged on deal

April 9th, 2014
03:45 PM ET

Israel minister says negotations at 'end'

Palestinian: Israel reneged on deal

By Mick Krever, CNN

“The era of these negotiations is over,” right-wing Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.

“The approach that we’ve been trying for twenty years now clearly has reached its end,” Bennett, who is chairman of the Jewish Home party, said.

“Everyone understands it’s going nowhere. Everyone in the world gets it. So why are we bashing our heads again and again?”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has waged a huge campaign over the past year to push forward negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, but the progress has stalled in the past week.

Speaking before congress on Tuesday, Kerry described the moment things fell apart.

“Unfortunately, the [Palestinian] prisoners weren’t released [by Israel] on the Saturday they were supposed to be released,” he said. “And so [a] day went by, day two went by, day three went by – and then in the afternoon when they were about to maybe get there, seven hundred settlements were announced in Jerusalem.”

“And ‘poof!’ That was sort of the moment,” Kerry said.

“That doesn’t portray what actually happened,” Bennett said in reaction, putting blame instead on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom he said has refused to discuss “recognizing Israel as the Jewish homeland.”

Mustafa Barghouti, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council, attributed blame for the breakdown to Israel, as Kerry seemed to do.

“There were two deals to have negotiation until the end of April, and another deal, another agreement, that Israel would release 104 Palestinian prisoners,” Barghouti said.

In exchange for that, he told Pleitgen, “the Palestinians [would] suspend their applications to different…different treaties.”

“Israel violated that agreement. That’s exactly what Mister Kerry said.”

Whether Kerry can bridge the extreme difference of opinion – and mend the collapse – remains a mystery.


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  1. Panglima Leo

    Negotiation failed because there was no sincerity. Nothing is impossible if you put your heart, mind and soul. If the intention is to get the best deal, then you start at wrong footing. But if intention is to get permanent peace, then show positively your action is for permanent peace. Do not complicate matters. The world knows it is not difficult but it was made to look difficult. If there is an opportunity to make peace, better to take it. The world is changing at fast pace. People is changing and new generation think differently. You can control the land but you cannot control the people. People increases everyday, more generation means more extreme people. The fire must be extinguish now. They will do more extreme and crazy things inside and outside the country. You will never catch them all. Desperate people got nothing to loose. Enough of these crazyness. Just get down to PEACE.

    April 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  2. Mycology

    Do the "Palestinians" teach peace in their schools? Or do they teach hate?

    That should answer the question as to why there is no peace.

    April 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • victorlinar@Yahoo.com

      Israel and Palestinian never, never will have pease, One side is Muslims and the hate the Jews and the other side is Jews and they don't like Muslims . Stop trying peace with these peoples. In this is Prayer to the God Almighthy that brings p;eace to this region.

      April 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • victorlinar@Yahoo.com

      Israel and Palestinian never, never will have pease, One side is Muslims and the hate the Jews and the other side is Jews and they don't like Muslims . Stop trying peace with these peoples. In this is Prayer to the God Almighthy that brings p;eace to this region.To CNN this is the first time a write this prayer,, plese don't play with me.

      April 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  3. Michael

    Barghouti's interview, 4:13: "Well, first of all, Israel itself did not recognize itself as a jewish state. When Mister Ben Gurion declared Israel he did not declare it as a Jewish state."

    Let me teach you some history mister Barghouti. The most famous sentence in Israel that EVERYONE knows on the street is what Ben Gurion said at 1948: "We declare on the establishment of a jewish state in israel – The state of Israel". This is take from 1948 Israel's Declaration of independence, and is even recorded.

    Search it on Youtube.

    April 10, 2014 at 4:20 am | Reply
  4. Michael

    Oh look, I have found a video from 1948 that says Ben Gurion DID recognize Israel as Jewish state:
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZDSBF5xtoo&w=640&h=390]

    What are the odds...

    April 10, 2014 at 4:21 am | Reply
  5. hdq

    “Everyone understands it’s going nowhere. Everyone in the world gets it. So why are we bashing our heads again and again?”
    Because the USA and Europe do not want to acknowledged that this conflict is their own creation, and believe that somehow the parties to the conflict can "agree between themselves".
    But this conflict is the inevitable and unavoidable result of creating a state for one people on a land inhabted by other people. The only way to create such state on a land inhabited by others is to buy all their land-related rights, so they would re-settle elsewhere. Until this is done the conflict will continue.
    The solution lies with the USA + Europe who had created this conflict in the first place. And only they have the dutiy and the required resources to resolve it.

    April 10, 2014 at 6:01 am | Reply
    • paul II

      The West pushes the peace process not out of guilt, which it has none, but because of Arab petro-power.
      If the world economy wasn't dependent on ME oil we would tell the Israelis do whatever you feel necessary to
      defend yourselves.

      April 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Ian Caulfield

      Arabs objected to Jews buying land in the Holly Land that and immigration was why there was an Arab Revolt in 1936. Moshe Feiglin is of the view that Israel should assist Arabs who wish to immigrate to do so voluntarily with government assist. This would part of the solution. Israel should also as recommended by Bennett annex Area C, abolish the corrupt Palestinian Authority and establish new local governments in Arab areas in Judea and Samaria with considerable autonomy and Israel should maintain defensive positions on West Bank to protect its citizens from internal terrorism and control the heights of the Jordan Valley on the West Bank from infiltration into Israel of terrorists and against invading Arab armies who will come in the future. Jews should particularly be permitted to live thickly in Judea and Jerusalem.

      April 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        Ian... Annexation of parts or all of the West Bank will PROVE to the Arabs and the rest of the world that Israel is not interested in peace. This, in turn, will lead to international isolation of Israel and UN imposed sanctions that will quickly bring Israel to its economic knees. In addition, such measures will significantly increase the percentage of Arab citizens of Israel (probably, to about 40%) triggering exodus of Jews fearing for their lives and the end of Israel as a Jewish State.

        April 11, 2014 at 7:42 am |
  6. Thinker23

    I believe that it was wrong to release murderers, period. I believe that it was wrong to promise to release them without getting anything in return (for example, AFTER signing a peace agreement). Finally, I believe that Israel MUST comply with the written and signed promises it made. Even if making such promises was wrong.

    This being said, however, I have little doubt that there would be no agreement and no peace even if these prisoners were released. The best proof of it is the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel for what it is.

    April 10, 2014 at 8:23 am | Reply
  7. Ian Caulfield

    Is not the Muslim requirement for non-Muslims to be subservient and second class citizens to Muslim citizens to be criticised? Israel is right to insist on being recognised as a Jewish State given the need to harbour Jews. Let the Muslims cease to insist on being Muslim states. Can Jews and Christians live safely in Gaza and other Muslim states? No. Where is a Christian church in Mecca? There is not. It would be illegal to be found in the possession of a Christian Bible. WE need to be very careful with negotiating with Muslims because they allow themselves to lie politically – it is an exception that is allowed by their religion. I note Fred was quite easy on Barghouti compared to Bennett. He was actually quite rude to Bennett.

    April 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Reply
    • aaron

      The problem with Israelis is that they have double standards. Their claim to Israel is based on historic and religious ties with Israel from 3,000 years ago. Sounds fair. But what the hell are they doing in New York and the USA which is the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Red Indian people. How dare Jews demand their homeland in Israel when they have stolen the homeland of the Red Indian people in America.

      April 12, 2014 at 4:22 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        " But what the hell are they doing in New York and the USA which is the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Red Indian people." - Apparently, you believe that all NON-JEWS in New York and the USA are "Red Indian people", otherwise you would realize that the Jews are the hell doing exactly the same in these (and many other) places all other NON-JEWIS are doing there.

        It's amazing what racism in general and anti-Semitism in particular can do with the brains of otherwise normal human beings, don't you agree?

        April 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
  8. Toppies Van Vuuren

    It is Good that there are Folks from all walks of Life who are capable of living togeather without the need to fight although they are very very few. For starters, its meant that there are Jews, Palestinians, Africans, Europeans, Chinese etc who can live side by side in bliss without fighting

    April 11, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Is it a coincidence that you did not include Muslims in the list of "Folks from all walks of Life who are capable of living togeather without the need to fight"?

      April 11, 2014 at 7:31 am | Reply
  9. Toppies Van Vuuren

    It is Good that there are Folks from all walks of Life who are capable of living togeather without the need to fight although they are very very few. For starters, its meant that there are Jews, Palestinians, Africans, Europeans, Chinese etc who can live side by side in bliss without fighting

    April 11, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply

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