Trying to persuade not the Israelis but the Nations - was not a mistake: There is no realistic chance for serious and honest negociations before it is too late and there is no room anymore for a viable Palestinian state. After 44 years since June '67, the Israelis have not decided yet what they prefer: Peace with Abbas and his PLO, or the settlement enterprise. Abbas' move is not a mistake but an act of desperation.
UN to hold off on separate Afghan bombing probe for now (Reuters)
from the article: No realistic chance of permanent Middle East peace