The author states, "But the breakup of the talks with the Palestinians - at a time when the Americans have yet to propose any substantive alternative..." I believe that there should be no need for the US to offer an alternative...there really should be no need for US involvement at all. The problem is that both parties want the US to solve THEIR problems for them instead of taking the responsibility for creating a peace process on their own. Peace in the ME will happen only when Israel and the PA talk to each other...it will never happen if they wait for the US to find a solution.
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from the article: Is the Middle East on the threshold of collapse?