A new proposal for Middle East peace talks has emerged alongside France’s plans, and this one isn’t in Jerusalem, Ramallah, or Cairo. In fact, it’s not in the Middle East at all—it’s in Moscow. But despite the change in venue, it doesn’t look as though the Palestinians are changing demands of preconditions before talks, so the negotiations may be dead before they’ve even started.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced last week in an interview republished in Ahram Online that Russian President Vladimir Putin was interested in hosting direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. If they occur, it would mark the first public and official bilateral peace talks in years. But moving from an invitation to a meeting will be a challenge. The Times of Israel reported on Sunday that the Palestinians aren’t budging on their preconditions for talks: releasing Palestinian prisoners and a moratorium on Israeli settlement construction. … Continue Reading