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According to the Maan, Abbas presented Obama with a document outlining the boundaries of a Palestinian state, signed by Russia, Britain, France, the UN, China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

According to A-Sharq Al-Awsat, Obama has already presented Netanyahu with a plan to finalize Israeli capitulation to Palestinian terrorists within two years.

If true, that would explain the negotiation frenzy of Arab leaders, who talk among themselves and push for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation. The Arab attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has drastically changed in the past few years: Arabs wanted the conflict before, but would prefer to end it now. Formerly a vent for popular discontent in Arab countries, the conflict has become a rallying cry for Islamists.

Hamas will unveil its own peace program hours after Netanyahu’s speech on Sunday.

Netanyahu’s refusal to pronounce the phrase “a two-state solution” is odd because even Lieberman has accepted the formula, which he expects never to materialize. It is unlikely that Bibi is deliberately upping the stakes with Obama to make a fictitious concession on the two-state issue.

Bibi cannot fail to understand that in the peace framework the demand for a construction freeze makes sense: all new houses take additional land, and it does not matter that that land has previously been walled off inside the settlements. The Americans want a strict status quo, with no more land grabs.

We have a good chance of returning to the old stalemate, where both parties agree on the goals and none can implement the means.

With the election of MKs Uri Ariel and David Rotem to the Judicial Selection Committee, the right-wingers receive a 5:4 majority in appointing Israeli judges—for the first time in history.

The majority is very fragile, as Lieberman may order his MK Rotem to side with the leftist judicial establishment in return for leniency in prosecuting Lieberman on money-laundering charges.

Hezbollah’s leaders have accepted their role as the opposition, as long as the government accepts their weapons arsenals and their right to fight Israel. Hezbollah is thus allowed to dictate Lebanese foreign policy and military doctrine.

The ruling bloc’s role is thus reduced to garbage collection and similar municipal projects.

It testifies to Hezbollah’s great appeal to the masses that its bloc suffered no losses despite having provoked a devastating war two years ago.