Comment: Going into negotiations without a framework for talks will only benefit Israel, the side with all the power, writes Daoud Kuttab. One of the basic principles in any political negotiation is the framework on which the talks take place. A reference point is needed, so as to avoid having talks for the sake of talks with no hope of reaching resolution.
AMMAN: In the early hours of Saturday, following a grueling 20 hours of negotiations Palestinian prisoners announced the suspension of their hunger strike that began on April 17. As information about what was agreed to slowly filtered out, with the main humanitarian demand of two visits per month being clinched, prisoners’ families — who have been holding continuous protests in tents throughout the occupied territories — broke out in cheers and celebrations.
In his summit speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, US President Donald Trump took an important undertaking to revisit how the US policy is designed, including his willingness “to adjust our strategies” if need be. “We will discard those strategies that have not worked,” he told King Salman and the Arab and Muslim heads of states that came to meet him. Nowhere is a new US strategy needed more than in the continuously failed US efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.