Bottom line: yes, some checkpoints have been eased and the PA is assuming more security control in the West Bank. But should that really be the endgame? Hasn't enough time been wasted on such small steps in the past 20 years of peace processing? And the bottom link - suggesting the US and Israel may cut a deal on settlement expansion - simply highlights how wrong-headed this focus on expansion, rather than existence of settlements has been for the Obama administration. Well, this gives me no pleasure, but I never expected much from them anyway.
For some interesting background to Bush-era dealmaking (behind the Palestinians' back) on the settlements issue, do read the WSJ op-ed below -- it's by Elliott Abrams.
- 'Just World News' with Helena Cobban: How effective is Obama's Palestine policy?
- Fayyad: Hold the January 2010 Palestinian Elections on Time | Marc Lynch
- Khaled Meshaal, Keith Dayton, and the future of Palestinian security forces | Marc Lynch
- Mondoweiss: Dozens of West Bank roadblocks removed? (Read the Hebrew)
- Hillary Is Wrong About the Settlements - WSJ.com
- Israel, Egypt negotiate terms of new Gaza truce - Haaretz - Israel News
- Egypt proposes pan-Arab force for Gaza Strip - Haaretz - Israel News
- Shalit transfer to Egypt is imminent - Haaretz - Israel News
- Tactical Report - Providers of Intelligence on Middle East Energy and Defence Affairs
- Israel to expand unsanctioned settlement enclaves - Yahoo! News
- Fatah would defeat Hamas in elections: poll - Yahoo! News
- US not ruling out settlement freeze deal with Israel - Yahoo! News