Stonewalled state

Print edition : May 30, 2014

An Israeli road protected by a security barrier cutting through the West Bank town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem. Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas at the PLO's Central Council meeting in Ramallah on April 26. Photo: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on May 4. Photo: AP

Palestinians working in Israel wait to cross the Israeli-controlled Jalama checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin on May 1. Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. He has been trying to broker a peace deal since July 2013. Photo: REUTERS

Israeli intransigence derails the U.S.-brokered peace agreement on a two-state solution, but the Palestinian Authority retaliates with deft political and diplomatic moves.
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