Shimon Peres was a relentless optimist and a tough and resourceful patriot. He sought peace for Israel's long-term security, and out of a profound compassion for the Palestinians to fulfill their destiny through statehood.
Sources close to Abbas says Israel is too busy worrying about PA not condemning recent terror attacks instead of preventing them.
Israel accuses the Quartet of 'perpetuating the myth' that the settlements are an obstacle to peace; PA says the report doesn't meet the Palestinians' expectations 'as a nation living under a foreign colonial military occupation.'
The report says Palestinians must act against terrorism, while Israel must stop settlement construction.
If the report on the stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace process casts blame on both sides, as expected, the Palestinians could cut off ties with Quartet.
'The main objective of this report is not about assigning blame,' UN Mideast envoy says in a briefing of the UN Security Council on the much anticipated Quartet report.
Quartet report on the frozen peace process is expected to be released this week, as the UN secretary general marks his last year in office.
UN Chief Ban, in Israel on an official visit, is said to have briefed Jerusalem on report. Netanyahu has been making efforts to soften report, which is expected to be harshly critical of Israel.
Senior officials say draft of report - expected to be critical of Israel's actions in West Bank - has been sent to Quartet foreign ministers for final approval.
The U.S. approval of the harsh language marks a subtle shift. Washington has traditionally tempered statements by the so-called 'Quartet' of mediators with careful diplomatic language.