Obama asked for a freeze we got him a temp freeze, Abbas said not good enough, the freeze stayed in force, Obama gets him to agree to talks as it runs out, then Abbas says, the freeze that was not good enough has to stay in force. Israel said no and rightly so, as he had wasted months after saying it was not good enough. They say direct negotiations then they ask for preconditions. Don't ask for things you are unlikely to get, don't contradict your position preconditions but direct negotiations, if you do get what was unlikely make sure you can get the other party to the table, don't say things that allow the other party to use your own words against which stops you from fixing the mess you created in the first place. No other PM had give a freeze, that was a window, so yes all have made mistakes at times by adopting positions Israel not continuing the freeze, Abbas not taking advantage of the freeze and Obama asking for it in the first place placing preconditions and obstacles to direct negotiations. But it is all history now.
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