The President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is not running for another term and that certainly is a setback for the Middle East peace process. In his recent visit to the United States he explained in great detail the agreements he has reached with Ehud Olmert, when both were in serious negotiations over a final peace settlement (mind me, does it need to be said that of course these serious negotiations—perhaps the most promising in the past ten to fifteen years—took place on the watch of the Bush-administration? I am just saying). He even agreed to have a third party under the leadership of the United States present to implement such accords. So I am not exactly thrilled that he is leaving the scene and that for once the settlement seems to fail over Israeli politics and the idea that the conflict could best be managed rather than solved comprehensively.