US secretary of state John Kerry with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat after a meeting in Ramallah earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation, representing the Palestinians, has engaged deeply and with goodwill in a process that has been going on for 20 (...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is on a tight rein in these “talks about talks”,  with the blessing of Fatah but not Hamas. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians harbour few expectations of talks about talks with Israel that began last night over dinner in Washington and are to continue today. (...)