But Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's surprise move, some say, could pressure Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas to reach an agreement in Cairo.
Readers write about why Obama should not follow Bush's example in the Middle East, how the US should fix itself first and not Gaza, music sites that do not share files free of charge, and why gasoline consumption should be taxed rather than miles driven.
Patrons at 'Stars and Bucks' critique her statements. 'We already know the quotes by heart,' one says.
Israel has plans to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem to make way for a tourist site. Activists say it's a demographic play that amounts to ethnic cleansing.
The US envoy arrives at a time when Israelis and Palestinians seem most absorbed with fixing their own houses before dealing with their neighbors.
He cautiously accepted an invitation to a Palestinian dinner.
Among the scores of Palestinian prisoners who Hamas wants freed in exchange for Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit is Marwan Barghouti, the most popular man in Fatah.