As recently as February the Trump administration appeared poised to jettison the main basis for Israel-Palestine negotiations of past decades: the pursuit of a two-state solution and the pretence of an even American hand in the making of it. The stars are far from aligned. Yet developments since have provided unexpected grounds for the revival of a peace process that seemed all but dead. One came in Washington last week when Donald Trump met Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Nothing groundbreaking emerged.In the circumstances, however, the meeting in itself was welcome acknowledgment from the US president of the need to reach out to the Palestinians, as well as the Israelis, if there is to be any hope of achieving what he calls "the ultimate deal". To maintain momentum, Trump plans to include Israel in his first foreign foray. The second development, also last week, came from Qatar. There Khaled Meshaal, outgoing leader of Hamas, the militant Palestinian gro...

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