Abdel Bari Atwan, former editor of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi, made the following observation about the outcome of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s most recent visit to the Middle East:
US Secretary of State John Kerry is currently on his sixth visit to the West Bank and Jordan since March and made optimistic noises regarding his self-declared mission to revive the peace talks with Israel. He announced on Friday (July 19, 2013) that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed on a basis for returning to peace talks.
“We’ve been here too many times before not to be slightly cynical about this news,” Mr. Bari writes.“The first question, then, is ‘why now’?”
For more, please see “Is Kerry’s Middle East diplomacy a smokescreen for another war?”