It is obvious that Obama has granted concessions and incentives to Netanyahu to enter into direct talks as soon as possible. This is a great development for Israel since it means that Obama is helping Israel to buy time at Obamas expense. The Palestinians are to play their usual role of "straight man" in the peace process. As you know, the straight man plays it straight and ends up with a pie in the face. There are a host of problems with this current peace fakery. (1) Abbas doesn't want another pie in the face. (2) Abbas term of office has long since run out. (3) The Palestinians do not have an elected government. Elections are long overdue. (4) Israel is at war with Hamas. Making peace with Fatah is not helpful This is the lamest attempt at peace ever. Obamas presidency will show the world that brains are no substitute for backbone.
Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington (Reuters)
from the article: Abbas unlikely to agree to direct talks soon, say Ramallah sources