Many critics of these talks say that talks have happened before, with no peaceful results. At the beginning of the talks on Friday, September 3rd, Clinton acknowledged these critics' pessimism, but said that "The core issues at the center of these negotiations - territory, security, Jerusalem, refugees, settlements and others - will get no easier if we wait, nor will they resolve themselves."
For this weeks blog, read the BBC article "The Search for a Middle East Optimist" by Wyre Davies. An optimist is someone who always looks for the good side of every situation.
Article: "The Search for a Middle East Optimist."
After writing your summary, reflection, questions and prediction:
1. Explain why Elie Wiesel is optimistic about the Peace Talks.
2. Do you agree with Wiesel's optimism? Why or why not?
BACKGROUND OF THE CONFLICT:
The creation of Israel was the culmination of the Zionist movement, whose aim was a homeland for Jews scattered all over the world following the Diaspora. After the Nazi Holocaust, pressure grew for the international recognition of a Jewish state, and in 1948 Israel came into being.
For more information on the Conflict read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/country_profiles/803257.stm