In other words, even-steven – both sides wanting their peaceful place in the sun. The possibility that peace is not a value for the Palestinian Authority in the way it is for Israel – that there may be an unbridgeable gap between a Western democracy and a non-Western entity that glorifies and perpetrates terrorism – does not, from the evidence available, exist in Obama’s, or Mitchell’s, mental lexicon.

But it is high time it did, high time the administration started giving its democratic ally, Israel, more credit and start reexamining the assumption that achieving sovereignty for the Palestinians – Dalal Mughrabi Square and all – is an American interest. Which is, alas, too much to hope for from this administration.

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