elevating the israel-palestinian conflict to the level of ameracan national security interest is counterproductive, unnecessary and wrong. a failure of peace talks would be interpreted as an american national security failure. had peace talks been encouraged as a good in itslef, then the talks could have progressed on their own merits. as is, iran has been given a free diplomatic gift. iran and all radical islamists can keep linking the palestinian issue to their hostility to the west and the u.s. in particular. what obama has done is to adopt the propaganda of the islamic world which blames its own failures on america and its western allies.
Israeli official: Der Spiegel report is an attack on Merkel's ties with Netanyahu (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel and Palestinians clash over agenda for direct peace talks