Kerry accepts the Israeli argument that construction is not an impediment to peace, and that peace will make the question of borders and settlements solvable. He is even saying that it is unrealistic to stop construction altogether since 500,000 Israelis (most of whom should leave if a peace agreement is signed) live on the West Bank. This is a non-starter except if the Palestinian leadership buckles under and sells out as usual. If they don’t the other game changer is Palestinian entry into the ICC, but this again does not hold much prospects. Just look at the ICC's efforts to indict Kenyata for the massacres he has condoned. They are stymied by England, the US, and other countries to whom Kenyata holds the prospects of unlimited investment. That leaves us with the single state. And the mere fact that Kerry and the Israelis are horrified at the mere idea tells me that it must be a good thing. Even if it is not a good thing, this seems to be what we are most likely getting, so let’s reconcile ourselves to it.
Australian, Thai journalists acquitted of defaming Thai navy (AP)