Haaretz reports that Kerry is returning to Israel on Friday. Apparantly Netanyahu has made some concessions which include releasing prisoners over a six month period, construction freeze on settlements outside the blocs and most worrisome,
- As for basing the talks on the 1967 lines, a senior Israeli official said that if talks are renewed, Kerry will announce that they will be based on the 1967 lines with exchanges of territory. This would allow both the Palestinians and Israelis to present their public objections to the issue, while accepting it in principle.
Is this an agreement to disagree? If so that would be meaningless. But to allow Kerry to say it is not meaningless and will have huge significance.
Apparently Abbas is also being asked to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and is balking..