S: "Clearly an international summit is expected to rubber stamp the peace agreement which PM Netanyahu and President Abbas intend to ratify by the autumn of this year 2010 " Yeah, and we can all stand there whistling in the dark while we wait for autumn to roll past. Or, of course, this international summit could ALSO be convened to rubber stamp a unilateral declaration of independence by Abbas, with a quick "and don't you lift a finger against it!" thrown in the general direction of Netanyahu. Six of one, half-dozen of the other. But either is possible, and Obama is aware of that - even if you are not. But, either way, the status quo is doomed.
Prominent Druze sheikh al-Balous killed in Syria (Haaretz)