West Asia

Hoping against hope

Print edition : September 06, 2013

A Bedouin protester is detained by Israeli policemen during a demonstration in the southern city of Be’er Sheva on July 15 against the Israeli government’s plans to relocate Bedouins in the Negev desert. There are around 260,000 Bedouins in Israel, most of them living in and around the Negev in the arid south. Photo: DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

A Bedouin woman in the village of al-Sira in Israel. Villages like this face a threat from Israeli bulldozers. Photo: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, will shepherd the talks. Photo: AP

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State. The U.S apparently arm-twisted the P.A. into entering the talks. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Saeb Erekat, Palestinian chief negotiator, hopes a Palestinian state will soon become a reality. Photo: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Justice Minister and chief negotiator, said Israel would focus on the future and not the past. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP

The Palestinian Authority is entering another round of U.S.-orchestrated peace talks with Israel with little hope of real change on the ground.
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