Israel is satisfied — very — with the statement released by the Quartet after a meeting today of Quartet “principals” on the sidelines of the G-8 meeting in Washington today.
The Israeli government says it likes the part where the Palestinians are asked to return to direct negotiations without preconditions.
The Palestinians are not happy with the Quartet statement.
What does that tell us?
To compensate for not supporting Palestinian application last September in New York for full membership in the UN, the Quartet drew up a sort of mini one-year “road map” [but didn’t call it anything of the sort] to getting things “back on track”.
However, please do note that this statement does refer to the “roadmap” — though almost everybody thought it was…dead!
Six months have passed — three months ago, the U.S. said deadlines weren’t sacred — and nothing has happened.
But the Quartet “noted with concern the increasing fragility of developments on the ground“… as well it should.
And the Quartet also “expressed concern about unilateral and provocative actions by either party, including continued settlement activity, which cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations“…
The Quartet is concerned…