This public relations show is absolutely necessary for the US to demonstrate that they are interested in progress with the Palestinians. Neither Abbas nor Olmert have anything to deliver. It remains to be seen if the new Saudi initiative will lead to a change for the better or not. But the show will be a good fig leaf for the real and main problem in the ME: That posed by nuclear medieval mullahs. If this problem will be solved, progress with Syria, Lebanon and finally with the Palestinians will be possible. The latter is the least urgent problem to tackle, as long as the Palestinians are themselves not interested in a state of their own, but rather in the destruction of another one.
First refugees travelling on Hungarian bus arrive at Austrian border (Reuters)
from the article: The hot-air summit