A rather cynical look at the current peace efforts between Abbas's West Bank government and Israel. I don't know how much I buy this author's pessimism about the process. What does it matter that Abbas is perceived as weak? If we can bolster his credibility and support among the greater Palestinian public, while at the same time isolating Hamas, wouldn't that increase chances that a real peace deal could be hammered out? And if Israel needs a missile shield to protect itself against rockets from Gaza, then Israel must build a missile shield.