The Quartet insisted that both parties meet and sit in a room together and that's what happened. Everybody, including Israelis, know that Israel will have to evacuate many if not all of the settlements as part of any peace agreement. The fact that Israel continues to expand settlements is a valid indicator to the Palestinians and to the world that they have no intention of making peace, at least not willingly. The Palestinians are simply being logical when they note that settlement expansion is not compatable with peace talks. The Quartet must be faulted for the failure of these talks since both sides were unmotivated and they knew that no progress would be made. No progress will ever be made as long as Israel continues to profit by avoiding peace. Until the Quartet acknowledges this fact they remain irrelevant to the peace process, such as it is.
Defense Ministry says had no knowledge of alleged improper defense deals by Gal Hirsch (Haaretz)
from the article: Palestinians: Peace negotiations with Israel have ended