If the slaughter in the Jerusalem synagogue will make the Palestinian dream of statehood an even more unreachable dream, it will also turn Israel's illusion of the sustainability of the occupation into a nightmare.
While many Palestinians and their supporters want the US to press Israel to adhere to international law and end its occupation, many would be happy if the US just stops protecting Israel in international forums, especially the UN Security Council.
More than 60 years after its existence was envisaged by the UN partition plan, 40 years after its creation was implied in UN Security Council resolutions, and almost 20 years since the Oslo Accords, there is still no Palestinian state.
Conservative republicans may feel more sympathetic towards Netanyahu's leadership style, but it would be foolish to lose liberal Americans by playing up partisan differences by publicly undercutting Obama's call for direct negotiations with Abbas.
The marathon of speeches last week cleared the view as to what is needed for Palestinians to reach their coveted independent state. Clearing the view, however, doesn't necessarily mean that getting a state will be easy or attainable in the near future.
Everybody else in the media, in politics, in the blogosphere needs to stop acting as though something utterly new and drastic has been suggested. If we don't, we will lose focus on the more important issue of moving the peace process forward.