In my opinion, it's not advisable to bank on what one columnist thinks about the current stalemate within the peace process negotiations (inactive due to Israel's internal political wranglings as of 2008/2009) between Israel and the PA. The U.S. administration has a responsibility to closely work together with both Israeli and Palestinian PA officials to ensure the continuation of the Quartet's proposal towards a peaceful settlement. It's a complete mistake to withhold pressuring both sides to return to the negotiation table because as we've seen in the past, the only other option of uncertainty for the region and increased hostilities has significantly hurt both Israelis and the Palestinians in the long run. I would also remind readers that Mr. Friedman did forecast after 911 that the Al-Qaeda organization was a minimal number of individual extremists rather than a global threat - he was completely wrong.
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