Why the world continues to look to us Americans to help approve and forge a lasting peace is beyond me. Any accurate, detailed read of history shows how unimportant America was to both the peace with Jordan and in particular the peace with Egypt. Sure our presidents showed up for the photo ops at the 25th hour with some inducements, but the peace was forged by willing partners (Sharon [less so Begin], Sadat, Hussein, etc.) way ahead of time. Jimmy Carter was NOT important to the peace with Egypt and Obama won't be much different to the extent there is one with the Palestinians. May I suggest to Israelis and Palestinians that you please ignore America, ignore Europe, and focus solely on each other. It will be extremely difficult, but if you refocus on each other I think it will ultimately yield the best results. It worked with the Egyptians and the Israelis and I think (or really hope) it can work again.
Man shot dead in northern Israel town of Bi'ina, police say the murder was gang related (Haaretz)
from the article: The paralysis of Israeli leaders is our worst enemy