Why the historic effort to close peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority foundered
the accord was signed in 1993 various obstacles arose to render most of
the agreement null. But it did have some positive effects as Israeli
negotiator Uri Savir
Secretary of State Rice's visit prompts easing of some West Bank restrictions
Abbas pulls out of Middle East peace talks with Israel's government over Gaza action
The current round of talks aimed at a peace treaty by year's end are now on hold following Israel's military actions in Gaza.
Mahmoud Abbas has taken the largely symbolic step to protest Israel's military incursion into Gaza to prevent further rocket attacks on Sderot and Ashkelon.
According to a story on the BBC World News site, the Palestinian president is seen as increasingly ineffective in the face of Israel's overwhelming ability to use force.
Tuesday's meeting of Abbas and Olmert Seems to Confirm Rumors of Slow Down
Salam Fayyad claims little progress on the ground in peace process
Speaking in the U.S. at the Aspen Institute, Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said that three months after the Annapolis meetings little has changed on the ground as far as Israel's efforts are concerned.
While, according to Tony Blair, the Palestinians have made progress on security issues, Fayyad said that with respect to road blocks and settlements, "You see no change in the way that Israel operates."