Josh Rogin reads tea leaves and thinks Hillary and Bibi may be headed to a breakthru, in which the future borders between Israel and Palestine will be outlined, and the issue of construction in the settlements will go away: Israel will build only within the lines. This would be a good thing if it could work; I'd assume it would not relate to Jerusalem, so that might remain a problem.
Elliot Jager talks about the mostly defunct Israeli Left.
Barry Rubin reminds us how ghastly Yaasir Arafat was (he died six years ago this week), and how much of the world's media refused to admit this:
At the time of his death he was more popular in France, where almost half the population saw Arafat as a great national hero, than among his own people. In a June 2004 poll, only 23.6 percent of Palestinians named him as the leader they most trusted. Actually, Arafat's popularity rating among Palestinians was lower than that of President George W. Bush among Americans, though the U.S. leader was-in sharp contrast to Arafat--widely portrayed as being reviled and mistrusted by a large part of his people.