Former adviser to Palestinian neogtiators Nizar Farakh speaks with MSNBC's Craig Melvin about John Kerry's speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's response.
NIZAR FARSAKH, PALESTINIAN DIPLOMAT: I think it was consistent with American policies since 1967, and since the occupation. There is nothing new in that policy... it is just louder. It is an unambiguous statement of historic American positions, and on top of that, I think he has emphasized, as Israel's ally, the danger of continuing with the policy. Of course, he's very worried of the next administration that seems to want to depart from the American policies on settlements of the last 50 years.
I think the pronouncement of the statement that loudly was in anticipation of the next administration...
[Netanyahu] was incorrect [that calls for talks have gone unanswered]. President Abass was willing to negotiate with Netanyahu's government, if there were guarantees that he is serious about the negotiations.
Lets not forget that this is a prime minister who ran on a ticket and won election based on on a statement that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch. That is how he won the election. So, Abbass is hard pressed to negotiate with a person that's dedicated to not establish the Palestinian state. Therefore, unless there is action as opposed to words indicating that this Israeli government is genuinely invested in peace, then there is no point in doing so, because otherwise, he will lose credibility in the Palestinian streets. This Israeli government needs to show indeed that it is invested. And building settlements sends a clear signal that there would not be any territory and establishment of the Palestinian state.