Been Here Before

With various media calling it a crucial time in negotiations, United States Secretary of State John Kerry met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Though the visit was the top story in the Middle East, it barely scratched the surface in The New York Times or Washington Post. But even the expectations in the troubled region are extremely tempered.

From the more liberal Haaretz to the more conservative Jerusalem Post, there does seem to be a consensus among its columnists that the ball is more in Netanyahu’s corner.

But likely the news emanating from Jerusalem that stands the greatest chance of creating real change has nothing to do with politics, at least not between Israelis and the Palestinians.

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