Yes, as many say, it would be nice to solve the Israel/Palestinian conflict, even if some of the analysts mentioned in the article are correct, and it would not solve all other ME issues. The question is - how much effort(diplomatic capital) should the US expend in trying to solve the conflict if the effort is not commensurate with the gain for US interests. The fallacy most posters have is that all the US needs to do is to apply sufficient presssure on Israel, which shouldn't be difficult because Israel is dependent on the US. Just pull the plug on US support and, voila, you have a solution. What US policy makers know is that even if the US were to bring Israel to heel, along the lines of the international consensus for what constitutes a fair settlement, the Palestinians are not in a position, or so inclined, to go along.
Clinton: U.S. must "make clear" to Putin that Russia cannot be creating chaos in Syria (Reuters)
from the article: Israeli-Palestinian peace isn't the Mideast's magic cure