- CNTV English - CCTV News

Experts divided on the future of Mideast talks

09-27-2010 08:20 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Israeli and Palestinian leaders are caught in a deadlock on the issue of Israeli settlement construction. Experts are divided on the future of the talks when the construction freeze ends on Sunday.

It has been the forefront issue for weeks and now the decisive time has arrived: The deadline for Israel to continue or cancel a settlement building freeze.

If settlement construction resumes, Palestinian negotiators say peace talks with Israel are over. And Israel’s government has failed to indicate they’ll comply.

But one former delegate says he doubts there will be a collapse.

Dr. El-Jabari, Former Peace Talks Negotiator, said, "It will continue. We are in the Middle East and in the Middle East if you do not talk about it it does not exist."

Another negotiator says that a breakdown at that this point in time will be a missed opportunity. Because the prospect for making peace is very real but very limited.

Dr. Ron Pundak, Director-General, Peres Center for Peace, said, "Time is running against everybody who wants peace whether it’s Israeli or the Palestinians, the international Arab national, Arab moderate etc. and all the rest are just looking and hoping that it will collapse. "

The leaders are caught in a deadlock.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu orders a continued freeze, his government coalition partners may topple him.

And if President Abbas agrees to continued building, he could be perceived as weak by constituencies who may opt for a tougher Hamas leadership.

Palestinian Resident, East Jerusalem, said, "Israeli people should do something to show to the world that they want peace and if they want peace they have to go out from Palestinian area from the settlement

Addressing the UN Assembly last week, U.S. President Obama urged Israel to keep the freeze in place, predicting a Palestinian state within a year IF peace efforts continue.

If the negotiations move forward, the future of existing settlements will be yet another future hurdle to overcome.

Israeli Resident, Jerusalem, said, "If it’s a real peace, you don’t clear out settlements. If it’s peace, people can find a way to live one near the other"

Foremost on people’s minds now is whether a collapse in talks and a continued housing spread will trigger a wave of violence. Israel’s chief of staff says that won’t happen because expectations for these talks are low and pessimism is high.

As one analyst put it, pessimism is the mother of desperation and the desperate have nothing to lose. Ultimately it’s up to both leaders to either break this deadlock and continue on a forward path or walk away and attend to the fallout.


Related stories

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program