"The White House signaled an indefinite pause in Middle East peace talks Friday, and President Barack Obama is reconsidering how much political capital he will continue to spend on the issue, given that the U.S. faces "a range of challenges" elsewhere, spokesman Josh Earnest said. Mr. Obama will discuss next steps in the process when Secretary of State John Kerry returns to Washington from a trip abroad during which he was forced to cancel a stop in the Middle East. "There's no doubt that we have reached a point where the Palestinian leaders and the Israeli leaders need to spend some time thinking about making some very difficult decisions," Mr. Earnest said." WSJ
It has been obvious from the beginning of his effort in brokering peace in the Holy Land, that Kerry would fail. He likes to deliver hortatory pep talks to his staff encouraging them to ignore the lack of potential in the course he has followed in the "process." Now, he will reap a whirlwind of scorn for his naivete.
He could not reach a compromise between the two paties because neither wants a compromise. In spite of their prevarication and deceptiveness both sides see the Palestine/Israel dispute as a zero sum game in which there can be no win-win outcome.
One can only hope that Obama now sees the foolishness in allowing advocates for the "process" and the two sides to determine his policy. pl