Reuters/Reed - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his plane after a private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv November 8, 2013.
Is Iran's Nuclear Deal a Model for the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?
December 2, 2013,
Ibrahim Sharqieh and Ghassan Sabaneh say Secretary Kerry’s cautioning increasing isolation of Israel failed to mention that this isolation will also include the United States if Washington maintains its current Israel policy. Sharqieh and Sabaneh point to UNESCO’s suspending the voting rights of Israel and the United States as an example of how Israel’s behavior has embarrassed the United States on a global stage. The authors conclude the stakes of current negotiations are incredibly high, and that failed negotiations will likely widen international isolation of Israel and the United States. However, Secretary Kerry has a great opportunity if he works collaboratively with the international community and does not bow to pressure from Israel.