The Americans sincerely wish for a solution on the lines set down by Obama in his Middle East speech 4 months ago, but they have met stubborn resistance from Israel and the Jewish lobby, without a counterbalancing pressure from the Arabs and Europe. So the Americans have allowed themselves to become complacent and complicit in this situation. Why get into what would undoubtedly be a venomous fight with Israel and the lobby when the Arabs are not making much of a ruckus, and no harm is befalling American interests in the Middle East as far as one can see? This will change if the General Assembly votes overwhelmingly on the side of the Palestinians, and specially if the EU decides to get on the bandwagon as a price to get Turkey to cool its policy in the Eastern Mediterranean. The whole legal basis of the relations between Palestine on the one hand and Israel and the US on the other will undergo a seismic shift. The US Administration will not be able to put itself in the seriously negative situation of continuing its blind support for Israel. So it will get into a bloody and debilitating domestic struggle against the lobby. The American diplomats must be fully aware of the sordid situation that will follow. So they are looking for the easy way out of getting Abbas to change course. They seem to have failed utterly, so things are going to liven up for sure. Have a good day, and enjoy the rest of September.
Wes Craven, director of 'Scream' and 'Nightmare on Elm Street', dies 76 (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. envoys urge Abbas to reconsider Palestinian statehood bid