The Real Ramallah

The West Bank's roads are relatively open to Palestinians and - wonder of wonders - terror has not resumed. The conclusions should be clear: it is safe to open the West Bank.

The gin and tonic flowed like water. Elegant waiters served Brigadeiro, the Brazilian chocolate bonbon, and Salam Fayyad, sporting a plaid shirt, mingled with the guests. Ramallah's diplomatic community wore black, as did the local politicians and economic leaders. The black Mercedes waited in the...