“I wish I could be more optimistic about the current round of Israeli-Palestinian talks that have opened here in America,” Batty said. “But, like most people, I have learned to adopt a ‘wait-and-see approach’ about the prospects of real peace emerging out of talks between the two sides. However, hope is all we have and one could only hope that both sides have re-engaged themselves with sincerity and renewed commitment to resolve the thorny issues that divide them. The ongoing events in Egypt might cast a shadow over the talks because Morsi supported Hamas, one of the rival factions controlling the Palestinian territories, but we can expect the talks to at least go forward because neither side has, so far, made any declarative statements on the fate of the detained Morsi. Long suffering Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace; we hope their leaders find a way to give them a durable one.”
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