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Monday, July 29, 2013

Madeleine Albright On Peace Talks: ‘This Is The Beginning Of The Beginning’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, is pictured April 10, 2012, in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, is pictured April 10, 2012, in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Israeli and Palestinian officials are meeting for the first time in years, in hopes of eventually reaching an agreement to end the decades-long conflict at the heart of the Middle East.

In advance of the talks, the Israelis agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners.

I always believe the U.S. has a voice. But I think that we have to keep in mind that in many ways this is not our story.
– Madeleine Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who now chairs the consulting firm The Albright Stonebridge Group, says it’s important to be patient.

“This is the beginning of the beginning in many ways,” Albright told Here & Now. “This is a long process. And having been involved myself, I know how long they take. And there is no guarantee that in a few weeks there will be some resolution.”

Albright says Secretary of State John Kerry has been “remarkable” in brokering the talks.

“[Kerry] has put an incredible amount of his personal time into this, and he is somebody who I think is very focused on personal relationships,” she said. “An awful lot of foreign policy and diplomacy is related to personal relationships.”

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks won’t solve every problem in the Middle East, but they are “very, very important,” Albright said.

“The Middle East is in turmoil in many different ways,” she said. “We do know that there are an awful lot of other various thoughts and various problems within the Middle East generally that have nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian issue, though, as you know, sometimes those that do not want to settle problems somewhere else blame it all on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”

Albright says the U.S. still has influence in the region.

“I always believe the U.S. has a voice. But I think that we have to keep in mind that in many ways this is not our story.”

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  • Allayi

    Please point out what Likud allies in the government has stated about an two state solutuions.

    -Danny Dannon ” This government will block any two-state deal
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/deputy-defense-minister-this-government-will-block-any-peace-deal/

    “Israel’s ruling party and the governing coalition are staunchly opposed to a two-state solution and would block the creation of a Palestinian state if such a proposal ever came to a vote”

    -Avigdor Liberman ”Western-backed peace efforts with the Palestinians had reached a “dead end” and that Israel intended to present new ideas for diplomacy”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/u-s-reiterates-2-state-solution-after-lieberman-remarks-1.273725

    Also the fact that Likud announced new settlement units  last weeks

  • Allayi

    The U.S. is nothing close to an honest brokers and it’s recent pick of Martin I proves such.

    Kerry is wasting U.S. tax dollars and as the U.S. State Departement made clear to AP that Israel will face no consequences for it’s actions while the Palestinans will.

  • Allayi

    Thank you to the host.

    This is the first time ever on WBUR or NPR that Netanyahu is indeed not a moderate.

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