GlobeTracker| US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Israel and Palestine, attending two-day discussions in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. George Mitchell, Mr Obama’s peace envoy, last night claimed that the talks were moving in the right direction.
The Telegraph UK reports that in a new Israeli poll just 25 per cent think the negotiations will result in a peace deal, with a majority believing the talks will founder over settlements. Note that the resumption of settlement construction — a clear trigger that dooms the talks — was backed by 51 per cent of respondents.
Secretary Clinton met this morning with Israeli President Shimon Peres, saying that she believes both Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are ‘sincere’ and ‘understand the consequences of their actions’. via Haaretz.
Clinton will meet this afternoon with Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has said “frankly that he doesn’t think the process will work, and that a peace agreement with the Palestinians is not likely in this generation or the next.” via Jerusalem Post
Lieberman cancelled a trip to Washington to meet with US Vice President Joe Biden and to attend a multi-nation conference, so that Secretary Clinton can attempt to convince Lieberman to support the peace talks, according to Yediot Achronot.