By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Republican presidential contender Rick Perry said Tuesday that the decision of Palestinian leaders to seek statehood through the United Nations is proof that President Obama has badly mishandled the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
He added, "The main culprit of the stalemate is a complete lack of trust on both sides."
"The Palestinians don't believe Netanyahu will offer them a deal they can live with, even if they were to enter talks, particularly given the makeup of his coalition, and they don't believe Obama can move him," said David A. Halperin, program director for the Israel Policy Forum. "So instead they are trying to gain leverage — but the UN initiative is likely to make an already complex conflict even more difficult to untangle."