Sources: Quartet push for peace talks weakened by issue of Israel as Jewish state

26.09.2011                      27.Elul, 5771

Nahost-Quartett:

Sources: Quartet push for peace talks weakened by issue of Israel as Jewish state

Sources close to the negotiations say Mideast negotiators struggled to draft statement containing 'terms of reference' as Israelis and Palestinians, as well as U.S. and Russia, remain too far apart on the issue.

The issue of whether and how to suggest that Israel should be a Jewish state ultimately sank diplomatic efforts by the Mideast Quartet to draft a substantive statement to revive peace talks, sources familiar with the matter said.
The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel and the Palestinians – and their effective proxies in the negotiations, the United States and Russia – remain too far apart on that issue and others….