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Jeffrey Goldberg

Seven Reasons Kerry's Mideast Talks Are Delusional

Kerry's plan for a peace accord is admirable. It's also a long shot.

Well OK, then: In about nine months, the Arab-Israeli conflict will be over, and we can all move on to something else.

Here's what John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, said yesterday at a news conference in Washington, in the presence of the lead Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators: "The parties have agreed here today that all of the final status issues, all of the core issues, and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation. And they are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims. Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months."