The politicians are about to pull another fast one; the very kind of thing from the past done for short-term political gain at the expense of future explosions. It's Sharon that really wants an 'international conference' at this point; what better way to gain stature and 'acceptance'; not to mention reelection as he will be in the midst of 'important historic' international developments. The Americans too want an 'international conference'...for they have nothing else to offer but more talking. Remember it was the Madrid 'international conference' that launched the past decade of deceit and treachery; and other international conferences before that which did much the same. Arafat too may have few other choices to keep himself afloat; same too for the terribly co-opted and inept Arab "regimes". Thus...the table is being set as the political Titanic sails forward awaiting catastrophe.