Israel profits by avoiding peace. The profit is expanded settlements, American aid, and pacification of Israels right wing. Israel also profits by talking peace. The profit is even more American aid and concessions, and pacification of the EU and other international critics. As a result, we have entered into an age in which peace talks are the real goal and real peace is an undesirable side effect to be avoided at all costs. The Palestinians recognize this. In fact, most of the world recognizes this. The question is, how long will American politicians be able to keep up the pretence that Israel seeks peace. Abbas is justified and correct in taking his stance against direct peace talks. The indirect talks have been entirely fruitless. Israel cannot even be bothered to take the indirect talks seriously. Their right wing government clamors for direct talks, which is their only goal. Real peace is farther away than ever. The biggest problem, in a word, is Obama.
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