US Chides Palestinians, But Downplays Peace Talk Collapse

Congressional Hawks Vow to Defund PA

The Obama Administration was today critical of the Palestinian unity deal as “unhelpful” to the peace process, but downplayed the collapse of the talks, which have effectively been dead since late March.

President Obama insisted a “pause” might be just what was needed to get the talks back on track, while Secretary of State John Kerry is said to be referring to the talks as in a “holding pattern.”

The comments seem to reflect the administration’s rose-colored view that has typified the whole process, with Kerry for months predicting his own “framework” would be endorsed and lead to a deal, even after both sides had already repeatedly disavowed the plan.

Congress, by contrast, seems disinterested in the process as such, and more excited that the collapse means a new chance to stick it to the Palestinians, with hawks saying they intend to push for a full defunding of the Palestinian Authority to punish them for the unity deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of