More than anything else, it would appear to me that Israel's (smart) demands to have President Obama's post-Freeze related promises in writing were the real reason the latest ObamaFreeze failed to launch.
Even as Prime Minister Netanyahu tried to push through the latest ObamaFreeze with it dubious and questionable carrots, the Cabinet pushed back and demanded that everything told to Netanyahu verbally be put in writing.
And as Israel waited and waited for the promised letter, none proved to be forthcoming.
After all, there was simply no way that the US (and certainly the Obama administration) would ever put in writing, even a tacit understanding that building in Jerusalem would be allowed or approved, or any construction would be allowed or approved in Judea and Samaria after the retroactive 3 months.
That, more than the typical complete lack of any progress from the PA side, cut this idea down.
US administration officials are trying to save face and are saying that ObamaFreeze wouldn't have worked anyway.
Great. I guess it's good they realized that at some point, but it's a shame they couldn't realize that before their zig, their zag, and simply trying to place all the onus and responsibility on Israel.
Netanyahu is now demanding that issues important to Israel be placed at the forefront of talks - such as Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley for security reasons, and that discussions no longer revolve around only what is singularly important to the PA - for them to unilaterally declare their state (again).
But just because the Obama administration is down, does not mean it is out.
Israeli officials are saying that the Obama administration is already floating new unilateral demands (only) of Israel.
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