A New Chance for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

August 31, 2010 – New York – In his weekly national radio commentary, AJC Executive Director David Harris discusses this week’s resumption of Israeli-Palestinian direct peace talks in Washington. LISTEN.

The AJC commentary airs on 400 CBS stations and is heard by more than 35 million. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

The full text of this week’s message follows:

After a gap of more than18 months, direct talks resume this week in Washington between Israel and the Palestinians.

It won’t be easy.

The issues are tough, the stakes high.

And recent efforts have failed.

In both 2000 and 2008, Israel offered far-reaching proposals for a two-state agreement. Tragically, the Palestinian side turned them down flat.

Now, with U.S. help and some encouraging signs on the ground, there’s a new chance.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said of the upcoming negotiations: “I’m convinced that if the Palestinian leadership approaches these talks with the same degree of seriousness as we, then we’ll be able to advance toward a stable agreement that will ensure peace and security for both peoples.... The basic question is whether the Palestinian side will be as willing as the Israeli side to...resolve this conflict for generations to come.”

At AJC, as always, our hopes and prayers are with the true peacemakers.

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