"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?
Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US national Karkoc (AP)
from the article: Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible