A year has passed since US Secretary of State John Kerry launched his peace effort. After the brutal terrorist murders of three yeshiva students in the West Bank and the ugly revenge actions by Jews against Arabs in its wake, Kerry’s mission looks like a chronicle of a failure foretold.

In preparing the initiative, the Americans recognized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s need for ammunition to defend his participation to a skeptical Palestinian public hardened by past disappointments. They gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu several options for the necessary down payment to Abbas for kick-starting the process.

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