Moshe Yaalon peels back the curtain.
Peace talks to end Syria's civil war promise to be at least as irrelevant as previous editions.
Though Secretary of State John Kerry and Pope Francis are operating independently, together they form a powerful force for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Secretary Kerry's shuttle diplomacy appears to be gaining traction, but a media campaign by Israeli settlers paints his ideas as akin to using a porcupine as toilet paper.
The US promised to support Iraq's fight to oust Al Qaeda fighters from occupied cities in Anbar Province – but no boots on the ground. Iran has also offered support.
Israel will postpone announcing settlement expansions until after Kerry leaves the region, but the continued growth is but one of many major sticking points in peace negotiations.