Israel and Palestine Negotiate Peace in 140 Characters
Isreal tells Palestine, “The ball is in your court now!”
The world knows that Israel and Palestine haven’t been on the best of terms. This past week, the leaders of the Israel and Palestine found a new forum to discuss peace negotiations, in 140 characters or less. Yes, that forum is Twitter.
Such a serious issue being discussed on an open platform. You think it would help but it showed was how much tension really exists between the two governments.
Israel PM Netanyahu, First Serve
It started with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeting out a video responding to the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas had told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a televised call to resume peace talks.
This is what Netanyahu had to say:
When there was no response from Palestine, on Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry followed-up with the Palestine Liberation Organisation Negotiations Affairs Department.
PLO-NAD Hits Back
After a personal mention, you think they’d keep quiet? Not at all. PLO-NAD responded to Israel’s Foreign Ministry asking, “negotiate what exactly?”
That wasn’t the end of it, though, that one tweet unleashed the beast. The PLO then responded with a string of tweets quoting Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Sassy Defence by the Israel Foreign Ministry
They used a simple tweet to shut it down. There has been no response from Palestine since this last tweet-exchange.
A war of words between the two ministries has proved to be very interesting. Maybe there will be a part two to this saga.
Peace talks between Palestine and Israel collapsed in April 2014 after nine months of bitter talks and mutual blame. The last public meeting between the country and state dates back to 2010.
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