Palestinians Quietly Confident as They Keep Mum on Talks

The Palestinian leadership is well aware that if this round of talks with Israel proves to be yet another exercise in futility, their chances of political survival will be all but over.

Palestinian officials remained tight-lipped over the weekend, refusing to divulge what went on behind-the-scenes with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry or how an agreement was reached to renew negotiations with Israel. The only official statement, by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spoke of progress and agreements, but noted that there are several details to be...