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-- the wait for something else though appears finally to be over the first direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
And three years.
Secretary of state John Kerry announcing that a new round of mideast peace talks are expected to begin in Washington this week.
No direct talks have been held between the two parties since 2010.
That of course and left the prospects of Middle East peace in limbo.
The revelation comes after an intense last minute round of negotiations over this weekend.
-- met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the past few days -- talked to President Obama on the far.
Secretary -- praising both Abbas and Netanyahu for making such talks possible despite some skepticism.
We know that the challenges.
Require some very tough choices in the days ahead.
Today however I am hopeful I'm hopeful because of the courageous leadership shown.
By president up -- us and prime minister Netanyahu.
Both of them have chosen to make difficult choices here and both of them were instrumental in pushing in this direction.
What is on the -- job baldness a former US ambassador to the United Nations senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
And -- Fox News contributor joins us every Sunday at about this time good morning ambassador.
Good morning there might do it good good visit this news of -- talks starting Tuesday or Wednesday perhaps in Washington is a major breakthrough or will likely lead to more dashed disappointment.
Well I think it's about as significant as winning an intense game of privilege.
What -- prospects.
Of any real progress between Israelis and Palestinians is effectively zero for a variety of political and strategic reasons.
That we could spend a lot of time listing but nobody I think including secretary Kerry is really optimistic about that all he has succeeded in getting.
It really is as we say in diplomacy talks about talks.
And there comes out with these talks have -- there's a risk that the further undermining the legitimacy whatever little is left of the Palestinian Authority.
And there's an opportunity cost for the United States and spending as much time as the administration has this last six months.
On getting this meeting in Washington.
To the detriment.
Everything else going on around the world even particularly in the Middle East Iran Syria Egypt Libya.
You name it the secretary of State's time is not unlimited.
The president the -- precious little time to foreign policy is it is.
So all the time spent in pursuing the matter that can come to know productive and is important time lost will -- you say it is potential window dressing what happens after these talks and they come out with no announcement.
Well that is.
One of the downside you know people say wow what can you lose by talking what's the harm well the harm is that if you.
Invest a lot of the prestige and and authority of the United States and getting something started.
And then they break down after a few short meetings with no progress that harms the prestige of the United States it.
Reflects a lot of energy a lot of time and effort that came to nothing and people say well -- the United States.
Can accomplish something that it was prepared to devote that much energy to real late and has the United States begun to lose influence and power around the world.
So that's why say it is not a cost free exercise.
To engage in a diplomatic path that is almost certain to lead to failure.
And -- -- -- confusion because the reports say of course Israelis I have in the past not accepted to have the 67 lines.
But apparently there was a letter that mr.
carrier gave to mr.
Abbas saying that the Israelis.
Have agreed to talk about the 67 lines you know where is the truth and -- they sort all the sound.
Well we obviously don't know all the behind the scenes conversations that secretary Kerry had and and people can often hear what they want to hear in such things.
But that illustrates another potential cost here the loss of trust.
In the United States and its ability to be an honest broker between Israel on the one hand and Palestinians and Arab states on the others.
So that's why I think before you get into a process like this with a minimal chance of success.
Losing sight of other important threats in the region -- the obsession that many people hold that the entire Middle East.
Would spring into sweetness and light if only you could solve the Israel Palestinian problem it's never been right it's a fundamental way.
Distorted view of what's gone wrong in the Middle East and therefore even if you could fix it.
It won't fundamentally change things throughout the region at prime minister Netanyahu says you must make sure there's not a quote terrorist state.
On its borders is that part of this equation is that possible.
Well I think it's central to the Israeli view they they precise -- you draw on the map for what the Palestinian state looks like if that's the eventual outcome.
Are a lot less important than what's the nature of the state that lives behind those lines I think Netanyahu is playing a long game.
I think he recognizes Iran's nuclear weapons -- the real threat to Israel and he wants to say to President Obama look I didn't think this would work but I did it for you.
Now -- need to take strong action military action against Iran.
Please bear in mind that I was with you when you wanted help.
And as you say Iran is on the horizon ambassador Bolton always good to see you thank you for analysis we'll see what comes this week will probably be talking about it next -- thank -- Thank you are.
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