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Reviving Middle East Peace Talks


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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas at the Mukataa compound on July 19, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas at the Mukataa compound on July 19, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank.

Israeli and Palestinian officials are set to resume peace talks tonight in Washington, D.C., the first time both parties have held direct talks since 2010. Secretary of State John Kerry had been shuttling back and forth to the Middle East to encourage a meeting, and last night the Israeli cabinet also signaled a move toward talks, voting to approve the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners. We discuss the conditions of reviving Palestinian-Israeli peace discussions and the likelihood for success.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Abraham Sofaer, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, who served as legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and former special assistant to President Obama and the National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region
  • George Bisharat, professor of law at UC Hastings College of Law, and former legal consultant to the Palestinian Legislative Council
  • Indira Lakshmanan, senior correspondent covering foreign policy at Bloomberg News, who has has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry

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