It has been announced that US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will discuss the Peace Process on the President's upcoming visit to Israel next month.
Where are we at in this process?
Firstly – it's complicated, so in one general question, let's take a brief look.
Question; Does either side really want peace?
Some would argue that for both sides, the cost of peace is much greater than the benefit.
For Israel, there is perceived to be a great security risk entailed in withdrawing to the 1967 cease fire lines.
There is also a lack of confidence that the other side will honor its promises.
From Israel's point of view there is no guarantee that moderates will rule over 'Palestine' and if radicals did – will they honor agreements?
Also, how will you physically (and financially) relocate around approximately 350,000 settlers living in the future 'State of Palestine'?
Regarding the Palestinians, for peace to be achieved they want recognition and one autonomous stretch of land to call a State in which they can freely move.
There is not much desire to live any other way so on their part they are unwilling to pay a price for what is being projected as their sovereign state – a small broken up community,
The American administration will come with incentives and initiatives for solutions that they feel might meet the interests of the two parties.
But one or both sides may feel that it is in their interests to play the game of diplomacy and drag the peace process along with them in hope of future circumstances providing them with better positioning.
In other words; Stalemate after the excitement of the on the ground involvement of the US President.
Middle East Correspondent