Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman, Kerry to Hold ‘Decisive’ Meeting on Peace Talks
Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Israel’s Globes business daily reported on Tuesday.
Globes cited unnamed sources in Washington as describing the meeting as “decisive” for the U.S. administration to decide whether to end the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as Kerry’s self-imposed nine-month deadline approaches at end-April.
Globes wrote: “The sources say that Wednesday’s talks are liable to be the third nail in the peace process’s coffin. The first nail was the Palestinians’ decision to apply to UN institutions, and the second was Israel’s decision not to release the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners. The fourth nail will probably be an official White House statement in the near future announcing a time-out or ‘suspension’ of the peace process, say the sources.”
“In speeches in New York earlier this week, Lieberman showed no signs of flexibility,” Globes said. “On the contrary, in a signal to the Americans, he reiterated his opposition to the release of Palestinian prisoners, and said that he preferred new elections over their release.”
On Monday, Lieberman met New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mayor’s spokesman said that they discussed “the important role played by New York City’s growing Jewish population in the city’s culture, workforce and government.”