JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet face-to-face in Washington for the first time in three years to talk about what they’re going to talk about when they sit down to talk.
In a gesture of good faith before all the talking starts, Israel’s cabinet took the unprecedented step of agreeing to release 104 Palestinian prisoners.
That leaves about 4,800 still behind bars.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and attorney Yitzhak Molcho will represent Israel.
Saeb Erakat and Mohammed Shtayyey will represent the Palestinians.
Secretary of State John Kerry picked former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk as the American envoy to the negotiations.
“He understands that Israeli-Palestinian peace will not come easily and it will not happen overnight,’ Kerry said. ‘But he also understands that there is now a path forward and we must follow that path with urgency.”
Negotiators will try to figure out how to set up a Palestinian state while protecting the security of Israel.
Is that possible?