Israelis and Palestinians both face heated political contests that are adding to the volatility between Israel and Hamas after a six-month cease-fire broke down last week.
No nation has the authority to pardon violations of international law.
Sunday's meeting in Egypt was probably the Bush administration's last effort to get a Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Some Arabs see him as more of an 'honest broker' in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But that conflict may not be a priority.
Condoleezza Rice heads to the area for a summit of powers promoting peace.
Readers write about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, how leadership builds the public's trust in government, and single-issue voters.
Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni called on Sunday for parliamentary elections instead of more negotiations with right-wing parties to form a new government.