Middle East peace talks could lead to ‘conceptual breakthrough’

Peace talks between Israel and Palestine will resume this month, Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week. Last time the two states sat down in 2010, talks only lasted three weeks before breaking down. But this time around, Kerry has set a goal of nine months for some sort of compromise in the region.

David Makovsky, a Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, called into the Morning Briefing with Tim Farley on POTUS Politics to explain the intricacies of the agreement and share his expectations for the talks. After the breakdown in 2010, he said, all three parties learned to address smaller concerns before racing “right to the summit.”

“If these parties have any sort of breakthrough on a two-state solution or security, I think they’ll uncork the champagne bottles at Foggy Bottom,” Makovsky said, adding that nine months realistically could be enough time for a “conceptual breakthrough” but not for any sort of treaty.

Kerry has spoken on behalf of Israel and Palestine as well as the United States recently, which Makovsky attributed to concerns about leaks.

“He saw his role as not just being chief diplomat but also being spokesman-in-chief,” Makovsky said.

Listen to the full clip for a closer look at the upcoming talks.

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