Palestinian President Abbas urged the Obama administration to confront reality and impose its version of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He argued that America continues to assume their role as a mediator means assuming a role of impartiality between two opposing groups which theoretically have equal power in negotiation. This is a theory that has not relationship to reality. Palestinians live under the rule of Israel and lack military or economic power to offer much resistance to demands of Israel authorities. Palestinians also confront an opponent who seeks a peace agreement based on temporary borders for Palestinians.
Reality is no Palestinian government can accept a treaty in which up to forty percent of their nation’s boundaries is yet to be defined. Netanyahu refuses to accept any firm commitment other than “we will get to that matter at some point in the future.” There must be clarity and as of this point in time, neither of the opponents is prepared to negotiate any lasting agreement.