The US is Pushing for Talks
By Micah Halpern
Monday September 27, 2010
It does not surprise me. Israel has resumed building in the West Bank. The United States has continued to push the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. And the PA is saying that talks will not continue while there is settlement activity.
The US is pushing the Israelis and the Palestinians very hard. The US is lobbying members of the Arab League to support Abbas in continued talks. The Arab League will meet next week to discuss how to handle the direct talks and whether or not to advise Abbas to go ahead and continue talking.
The United States is telling the Arab League and Palestinians that they must compromise and accept realistic Israeli building. The United States is also begging Israel to control the building.
While this compromise would work well for all sides, it is very unlikely that the parties will accept any compromise - especially a compromise that involves settlements.