President Obama still has 15 months to translate his initial empathy for the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people into effective policies and new paradigms to end decades of occupation, injustice and humiliation.
Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh is a Minister in charge of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, PECDAR, a member of the Palestinian Negotiations team and the Central Committee of Fateh. He has been involved in the Peace Process since 1991.
It's time to officially accept the reality: A nuclear occupying power like Israel is comfortable in the current setting of negotiations.
When the world rewards Israel's occupation by doing trade with settlements, the hopes for Palestinian growth are dashed, as is the chance for a just and lasting peace.
The hopes and expectations embodied in the Oslo Accords of 1993 have nearly vanished completely. The occupation is fast becoming irreversible. We are facing the last chance to save the two-state solution, and Israeli leadership is urgently needed.