Crown Prince Muhammad bin Sultan tried to convince Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas when they met last week to accept the US peace proposal for the dispute with Israeli by arguing that it is the only game in town. This is reported by Russian media. He is reported as stressing: that no one but the United States can put pressure on Israel in any peace process, neither the EU, nor Russia or China,” the prince stressed. “No other power could pave the way toward a peaceful resolution of the decade-long standoff between Israelis and Palestinians ” the crown prince was quoted as saying. The Palestinian leader is quoted as replying, “If the US is willing to declare that the peace process is based on the [so-called] two-state solution on the ’67 boundaries — including East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine — we are ready to engage immediately.” Clearly, Abbas is not willing to budge from his longstanding preconditions for talks.