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Kerry’s strategy is missing two key pieces

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (left), Secretary of State John Kerry, and Israel’s justice minister, Tzipi Livni, at a news conference at the end of talks last week in Washington.

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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (left), Secretary of State John Kerry, and Israel’s justice minister, Tzipi Livni, at a news conference at the end of talks last week in Washington.

In lauding Secretary of State John Kerry’s energetic push to restart negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians (“Kerry’s enormous effort stirs new hope for Mideast talks,” Editorial, July 28), the Globe overlooks the cold fact that meaningful hope requires both a sound strategy and a solid understanding of the issues.

The strategy for Kerry’s newly brokered talks, essentially shuffling deck chairs of border modifications and definitions of the right of return, ignores two issues that are critical to any peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians: emergence of unified Palestinian leadership — not one split between Fatah and Hamas, but one fully empowered to negotiate on behalf of all Palestinians; and recognition and acceptance of modern Israel, a sliver of land with millennial ties to the region, as a sovereign Jewish state.

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Once these nonstarters are fully addressed, negotiations with more than the glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel can begin.

David Greenfield

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