A Sad Evening in Washington, as Palestinians Celebrate Unity

News of Fatah-Hamas reconciliation caught Kerry entirely off guard, and at very bad timing.

A group of Israeli and Palestinian businessmen arrived on Thursday evening at one of the halls in the U.S. State Department in Washington. A few leaders of the Israeli economy, several of the Palestinian Authority's wealthiest residents, Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair, the heads of a few of the world's largest corporations, and one U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry.