If Obama can't deliver, if Obama only has 6 months to be effective at getting Israel to do things, and he can't even get Israel to do a temporary freeze, then what's the point? Every US President wants to be able to say that peace negotiations are proceeding. But then after the talking the Palestinians get nothing. And wasn't Abbas there when Clinton did that, and then blamed the result on the Palestinians? What reward does Abbas get for going through the motions again? A long time ago a comedian said that we should hold summit meetings in July, barefoot on a North Carolina asphalt driveway. Imagine Kennedy and Kruschev standing there with the tar oozing between their toes, they'd have reason to get a quick agreement! Israel is willing to have peace talks to make the US President look good, but do they care about reaching an agreement? If they give up new settlements while they talk, it shows they might actually have some stake in peace. But they do not.
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from the article: 'Abbas seeks U.S. pledge for East Jerusalem construction freeze'