This unfortunate development today really does leave the US and Israel without a negotiating partner, and it’s a big blow to efforts toward Middle East peace. Developments like this often make me feel the process is hopeless.
Looking at the larger picture and feeling unable to resist the urge to pontificate, I think the US should be much more neutral in this entire process. Our blind support for Israel is imprudent. If we want to be peace brokers, great, I really don’t have a problem with that.. But let’s stop giving Israel tanks with which to run kids over.