Israel's pretexts are wearing a bit thin. There have been no Gaza rocket casualties in over a year. (Total since they began in fall, 2001 is 28.) There have been no suicide bombings in over three years and no concerted suicide bombing campaign in nearly a decade. Yet the settlements continue. Why should the Palis give Bibi the photo op of "direct talks" while he annexes East Jerusalem, denies the right of return and imprisons Gaza? Abu Mazen is right. Soon there will be nothing to negotiate about. And then what will Israel do to perpetuate the charade?