Those countries or individuals who are asking the Palestinians to wait until the new Obama Administration gets its bearings, or until after the Israeli election as Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently suggested, are not saying what will in fact happen should the Palestinians decide to wait.
The Middle East is a region where Barack Obama promised much and delivered little in his first term as president. Through the sheer clumsiness and incoherence of his approach, he infuriated Israelis and Palestinians in equal measure. Many are expressing anxiety this morning about an Obama second term.
Like a ship navigating through a strait filled with mines, President Barack Obama succeeded in getting through this year's United Nations week gathering of heads of government in New York without damage to his re-election. But he also set up a potentially explosive confrontation during his second term over Iran's nuclear program.