Let’s consider what has just happened. A farce.
Just as shocking is the lack of outrage by mainstream journalists and foreign policy opinion-makers. This has required the slanderous consignment of normal and proper and competent foreign policy practices — as would have been demanded and done at any time in U.S. history — to silly partisanship that isn’t even worth discussing.
The United States of America officially announced the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, when they are nowhere near arranged. The mass media breathlessly followed each claim, and got the reporting wrong.
Yet no one seems to have noticed. No one pointed out why there will not be serious talks. No one pointed out that the Palestinians have refused to negotiate for 13 years. No one pointed out the PA cannot negotiate peace, because it cannot commit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to anything.
Nobody in the media pointed out that the United States is supposed to be on Israel’s side, or why the settlements are not the sticking-point problem for peace.
Has this level of Middle East foreign policy amateurism on the part of the U.S. and the media happened before? Yes, and also under Obama. In late 2010, President Obama announced at the UN that talks would soon restart at Camp David, though both parties were not on board. Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed; the Palestinians refused.
Is there a pattern here?
Does anyone notice that the Palestinians keep demanding more preconditions and Israeli concessions, and never make it to the table?