There appears to be a strong momentum toward direct talks. In this current ambiguous situation -- where the UN, EU and int. law are ignored by the Israeli govt. -- I think this will be a mistake, as does Abbas. The Arab League has leverage, but apparently no backbone: In this interdependent world, a group like the Arab League which has such vast, essential natural resources, in theory, is able to make more of an impact -- this would have a negative effect on those Arabs too, but not nearly as much as the western world. As for the direct jokes -- what I call them -- behind closed doors, as always, there will likely be the famous Israeli pass-the-buck type sabotage which will exacerbate talks. Then back to square one... which is a humongous square.
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