Oh well, nix that trip to Oslo.
Israel announced today that it was canceling peace talks with the Palestinians because Palestinian President Abbas decided to form a unity government with the terrorist group Hamas.
The nine-month period set for talks was about to end anyway, but Secretary of State Kerry had hoped for an extension.
The Israeli decision appears to fatally implode a process that seemed mainly designed to elevate Kerry to the pantheon of great Secretaries of State – solving the Israel-Palestine peace puzzle where all before had failed – and maybe pocket a Nobel Prize from the Norwegians.
The Israelis certainly didn’t want this distraction and didn’t need to be taking risks with their security at a time when they are already mortally imperiled by Iran and its rocket-wielding allies in southern Lebanon.
And the Palestinians just demonstrated their contempt for the process. Anyway, what they really want is not the West Bank, but Haifa.