If nothing else,the past 24 months have proved that America and the Quartet are excess to requirement. Abbas has a brand new bag and doesn't need them. Abbas has realised the only way to defeat the impasse is to legally stick it to Israel. It is the only talk and negotiation Israel understands. It's belligerence and denial dictates that course. The Americans and the Quartet could easily have made forward steps by pulling Israel up on its breach of International Law and the Fourth Geneva convention by demanding an end to and dismantling of ALL settlements. And adding the threat of sanctions against Israel had it not been complied with. How long will it take these clowns to wake up to the fact that Israel will do nothing until it has a gun held to its forehead. Israel singlehandedly has eroded the credibility of the UN.Europeans and Americans are far too soft on Israel. If they do not force change then they will be complicit in the erasing of the Palestinian people. Israel has never hidden the fact it wants all Palestine and ALL Arabs gone. America and the Quartet can be complicit in that despicable act or they can get off their chuffs and do something about it. The people of the World demand it and in this day of rapid communication the people cannot be ignored. Do so at your folly.
Stabbing reported in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Mideast Quartet sets timetable for renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks