"The Palestinians understood that the Americans were closer to their position on the issues of Jerusalem, the borders and security, and opted to wait it out." Well, there's your problem right, good sir! Even the RIGHT WING Bush Administration represented by Rice agreed with the Palestinians. Maybe, just maybe, it was the Israelis who took the extremist stance?
US rally shows support for ex-Marine held by Iran on spying charges (AP)
from the article: Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible