President Obama, like all his predecessors, will have a difficult time brokering Mideast peace. (See this earlier entry for an update on his current policy.) Two recent developments suggest some course corrections may be in order:
-- The Fatah congress in Bethlehem failed to change Fatah's commitment to armed resistance against Israel, suggesting that it is highly unlikely to be a reliable partner in negotiations for a two-state solution to the Mideast conflict.
-- Some 71 U.S. senators sent Obama a letter urging him to lean on the Arab countries to take concrete steps to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process. These countries have done nothing since Obama announced that Israel had to take the first step of halting all/all settlement activity.