As part of my Middle East assignment, I worked w/ PA on health, tech educ, econ development,etc. They do not want peace with Israel. They like the current situation which keeps them in power and feeds their personal wealth. If there was peace, they would be swept aside. "settlement issue "was raised by Obama. Abbas complains this forced him to raise that issue . Give Israel defensible borders; firm and enforceable guarantees of security, recognition and acceptance as a Jewish State&within 30 years borders will be meaningless and economic prosperity will come to the entire region. PA's actions are threatening Israel's survival. Dangers highlighted by Iran, Gaza, Lebanon & Turkey disasters and the possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood from seizing power in Egypt. Nothing Israel does, no gesture, no concession, no discussion, will make a difference. They can sign a peace treaty for a two state solution. Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,Iran, the surrounding Arab nations, & most Palestinians want Israel dead.The Muslim Brotherhood wants Israel dead.
Reformists are in the lead in Iranian parliamentary elections (dpa)
from the article: With settlement resolution veto, Obama has joined Likud