Can you blame Americans for not getting excited about new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians? It's not that we don't care, but we know these talks alone won't bring stability to the region.
Uncertainty reigns throughout the Mideast. The Arab Spring, rather than settling how countries will be governed, has muddied the answer to that question in Egypt and Syria, and spawned related problems for Lebanon and Jordan. Meanwhile, Iran cements its hegemony, and Iraq again falls into sectarian strife.
The many predecessors to the new peace talks have also made it difficult to believe success is imminent. Start with the U.N. Security Council resolution in 1967; followed by the Camp David Accords in 1978; the Madrid conference in 1991; the Oslo agreement in 1993; the Camp David talks in 2000; the Taba talks in 2001; the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002; the road map and Geneva Accord in 2003; the Annapolis conference in 2007; and the Washington talks in 2010.