US policy in the Middle East is a hostage to the Jewish lobby and members of Congress and of course the Zionist Jews within the US administration. The US and sens the days of Johnson has been an abstacle to peace. Failure to put an time line to ending the occupation will make the negotiations useless and Israel is very good at taking full advantage of the absence of deadlines. The ever increase in settlement activities is but one example. Mahmoud Abbas, if he has any sense of self respect, he does not, should simply hand over the keys to Rice and Olmert and end the PA as an ongoing entity and let the people deal with the occupation in their own ways. The PA is nothing more than the Blackwater of Palestine, getting paid for protecting the Occupation and giving support to IDF in Nablus and other cities. What is the use of sending PA troops to Nablus if they could not protect the people from the IDF.
from the article: PA eyes final accord within 6 months of summit