This is nothing but a bunch of American justifications to continue to usurp the role of the power broker in the ME while neither Israel nor Fatah have much faith in the US. Israel sees it as its milk cow and a pawn at the same time while being afraid the milk cow could become a mad cow that turns against Israel. Fatah, meanwhile, attempts to reconcile the irreconcilable - how to use the US against Israel knowing the milk cow role of the US. As usual in the ME, nobody wins and the game goes on. But then that is the objective.
Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear (AP)