In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent on pressing forward with separate diplomatic initiatives that all but ignore each other.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an alliance with moderate Arab countries against radical Islam, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after accusing Israel of “genocide,” plans on appealing to the U.N. Security Council to endorse Palestinian independence.

Both plans offer novel attempts at breaking months of deadlock. Yet both appear doomed to fail.

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