The Palestinian attitude to negotiations is very clear. Abbas has announced several times his preference to direct negotiations if Israel is willing to negotiate seriously, but Israel prefers to stall. Americans should expect their president to be aware of the facts before speaking. If he has the facts wrong then he must do something about whom he chooses as advisor. Having said that, my take is that Obama is perfectly aware of the facts - much better than you and me - but he likes to make a gesture to the Israeli narrative to save face for them. In the coming few days I will be proven right or wrong.
Nusra Front in Syria says it has detained U.S.-trained rebels (Reuters)