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Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not priority, creating opportunity for real negotiations and mutual concessions.

Middle East Security News.- Secretary of State John Kerry (second from left) hosts an Iftar dinner at the State Department on July 29 for Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and other guests. photo-jta-u.s. state department

Middle East Security News.- Secretary of State John Kerry (second from left) hosts an Iftar dinner at the State Department on July 29 for Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and other guests. photo-jta-u.s. state department

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which was during decades at the top of the agenda in the Arab world, has lost much of its public resonance in the region. Since the so called “arab spring” the Middle East is riven by political upheaval ,religious struggle, civil wars, and economic woes.

News that both Israel and Palestine had resumed peace talks last week after a three-year halt was overshadowed by turmoil in Egypt and the Syrian civil war, which has set Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims against one another on the one side, and the U.S. and Russia on the other side.

However, the conflict no longer lies at the strategic heart of a troubled Middle East. The new development opens a window of opportunity to Israel and Palestine. If the arab countries are busy solving their own problems, that opens possibilities in order to achieve an agreement between both parts without interventions from other countries like Egypt, Iran, Syria, Lybia, Saudi Arabia and others. This is a good moment for mutual concessions without creating negative reactions in the regional arena.  READ MORE HERE

The statesman behind this initiative is the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

After 20 years of stops, starts and a bloody intifada in between, John Kerry believes he can pull off a final status Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in nine months.

What clock is the secretary of state trying to beat?

According to his aides, the one ticking down as Syria and Egypt roil into unknowable futures and Palestinians fume at the prospect of never achieving sovereignty.

“It’s becoming more complicated on the ground, and a feeling of pessimism is settling in among Israelis and Palestinians,” said a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s getting harder, not easier.”

On July 30, at the end of two days of talks in Washington, Kerry disclosed few details about a process that has been arranged and conducted largely behind a veil of secrecy.

Kerry said the next round of meetings would be conducted in the region, and added that Israel had agreed to take steps to ease conditions for Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.