The Quartet's scheme is completely pointless unless it sanctions either party that does not keep to the Quartet's timetable and sanctions either party that shows insufficient flexibility in achieving a peace deal. Bilateral negotiations with no enforocable timetable and no external supervision of the proposed deal do not stand a snowball in hell's chance of succeeding. All they do is to perpetuate the occupation and allow settlements to expand unhindered.
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from the article: Israel says 'ready for talks on all core issues' with Palestinians