US Secretary of State John Kerry may return to the region next week as part of his efforts to revive the stalled peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, Palestinian officials in Ramallah said Tuesday.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Palestinians were keen on making Kerry's mission succeed. Abbas reiterated his demand that Israel halt settlement construction and release Palestinian prisoners in order to pave the way for the resumption of the peace talks.
Releasing prisoners to make Palestine think Israel is sincere and wants a two State solution is routine standard fare for Israel. That said, settlement building continues because Israel does not want a two State solution. Their idea of a 2 State solution is Israel taking everything she wants and keeping Palestine subservient and limited to land Israel does not want.