You write: As seen from the perspective of an American Jew, I am puzzled why Israel does not insist on recognition and an acknowledged right to exist as a precondition for talks. All Arabs states, for going on seven years now, have agreed to do just that, in return for Israel returning to the 67 lines. Guess who said no?
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S.: Israel pledged not to build in Ramat Shlomo for two years