"Negotiation while Israel continues settlements in the WB and east Jerusalem is a waste of time. It is time for the west to start talking about sanctions against Israel for ignoring the well of the international community." Not going to happen. Not while the US Ambassador to the UN might as well be drawing checks from two governments. We have never been objective, and I think the EU would be much better suited for this role than we are. "Either the rest of humanity is mad or Netanyahu is.... I suppose it could have been worse. He could have promised to sign a peace deal while controlling the whole West Bank." Netanyahoo is actually pretty smart. He knows that we're not going to do anything about it. We never truly take a tough stance with Israel. When we actually do say no, we never back it up. Ever. Netanyahoo knows this, and is daring the world to do something about it.
U.S. won't cooperate with Russia in Syria under current conditions (AP)
from the article: Mitchell to arrive in Mideast amid hopes for renewed peace talks