JERUSALEM — Following the signing of the Iran nuclear pact, many here wonder whether the Obama administration will try one more time to find a solution to the most elusive deal in the Middle East: the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It goes without saying that any attempt would face long odds. Since U.S.-led talks collapsed in failure last year after nine months of fruitless negotiation, positions on both sides have hardened, creating near-perfect conditions for stalemate.
The Palestinians have decided not to press for new negotiations but to instead pursue “diplomatic warfare,” seeking to embarrass, isolate and prosecute Israel in world forums such as the International Criminal Court, where the Palestinians want Israeli leaders tried for war crimes.
The Palestinians are also taking a hard look at the French bid to pass resolution before the U.N. Security Council that would outline parameters and timelines to end the 48-year Israeli military occupation of the West Bank. The Palestinians want the Israelis out of the West Bank by 2017.
On the Israeli side, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition government is composed of ministers who are either vocal opponents of the creation of a Palestinian nation or insist, as the premier does, that the time is not right.