More evidence (in Haaretz: "Mitchell to Abbas: No more excuses, renew Mideast talks") that Obama and Mitchell have no problem squeezing the Palestinians to make up for their own political problems and weakness. Having taken on Netanyahu and lost, they compensate for their failure by pressuring the weakest party to give in. A right-wing French government, no less, points out to the Americans their unreasonableness towards Palestinian President Abbas–
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner defended Abbas, urging the envoy to recognize the risk to the Palestinian leader of returning to talks without international guarantees.
but the Obama administration is unmoved. Meanwhile, Mearsheimer & Walt gain material for a revised edition of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.