Palestinians' Cool Response to Obama Visit Reflects Their Lack of Hope for Peace Deal

Top Palestinian officials express low expectations for a breakthrough in negotiations with Israel; reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah continue, but gaps are wide.

Palestinian Authority officials reacted cooly to the White House announcement of President Barack Obama's plan to visit Israel and the PA in March. Perhaps the brief, laconic response of PA President Mahmoud Abbas reflects the Palestinians' sense of hopelessness about the possibility of renewed negotiations leading eventually to a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.