As Palestine prepares to make its case for statehood before the United Nations next month, world powers are maneuvering to ensure they're not to blame for the outcome—and this has only exacerbated the Israel-Palestine standstill, writes Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller in an August 19 op-ed in The Washington Post. Miller writes:

The story today isn’t about an American threatening Israelis and Palestinians if they don’t get serious about negotiations. These days, everybody is maneuvering to ensure that someone else takes the blame when the dust settles after the mini-crisis at the United Nations next month.

For some time, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has had nothing to do with getting to a serious negotiation. That’s because no one in Jerusalem, Ramallah or Washington believes that an agreement, let alone one to end the conflict, is possible now.

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