“The way of peace they know not, and there is no right in their goings” (Isaiah 59:8)
After much fanfare over a potential announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry that peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians were to restart it appears the story has taken a familiar turn.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas failed to gain the endorsement Fatah and the PLO.
Abbas failed to win over his peers in a meeting held in Ramallah Thursday and it now appears that Kerry will leave his sixth trip to the region since March with nothing to show for it yet again.
On Wednesday Abbas had won the backing of the Arab League foreign ministers but his failure to convince the PLO Executive Committee and the Fatah Central Committee has led to the Palestinians walking away from the negotiating table yet again.
Palestinian Officials described the Ramallah meeting as “stormy” with both Fatah and PLO figures angrily expressing their disliking for Kerry’s plan. The Secretary of State’s strategy for renewing peace talks has yet to be released to the public.
The Palestinian leaders did leave a sliver of hope left for Kerry when they announced they would be forming a committee to reevaluate his proposal but optimism is at a minimal level.
Israel has reserved comment until the Palestinians have reached a final decision.
“We are ready to return to talks, and we hope the Palestinians are ready as well,” one official said.