1) A negotiated settlement within one year? What exactly are the Quartet smoking? The two sides are way too far apart to define such a timeline. 2) There is no elected Palestinian government. Both Fatah and Hamas have completed their elected terms of office two years ago. Neither has the authority to make any kind of agreement with anybody. 3) Judging by past results, where Abbas waited for more than 9 of the 10-month building freeze ro sit down at the table, why should we expect that he'll do it any differently this time? 4) In the meantime, the PA hasn't answered. Israel's answer isn't final yet. Wait until after the holidays, when people are a little bit less wrapped up in other things. 5) What's supposed to happen if an agreement isn't reached within 12 months? Does anyone think that an imposed "solution" will meet the acceptance of either party?
UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm (Reuters)