Earlier this week Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of the US-brokered peace talks prior to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s planned visit to the Middle East region.
The release incited ecstasy among Palestinians, who welcomed the prisoners back into the West Bank and Gaza Strip after extended periods of imprisonment.
But as John Kerry prepared himself for his 10th visit to the region since March 2013, the peace talks are overshadowed by an anticipated announcement to be made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government with regards to further settlement constructions in East Jerusalem and the settlements. The publication is expected to infuriate the Palestinians as well as the international community, challenging Kerry and both sides to agree on a final settlement within the set timeframe of April 2014.
“We will not sign a final peace deal with Israel until all the prisoners are released,” pledged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the prisoners and their families.
Netanyahu’s replied “Peace can only exist when the education for incitement is stopped; only when the education for the disappearance of Israel and the glorification of terror is stopped.”
Peace is something you make with your enemies, not your friends.
Hard negotiations and a heavy prize is ought to be paid by both parties in order to solve the numerous disagreements about borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem but it is a MUST, for this generation and the ones to come.
“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means”. Martin Luther King, Jr.