The importance of Netanyahu’s Washington speech is in what it did not say. Unlike Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who listed the peace-agreement principles in his announcement that he will not seek reelection, as usual Netanyahu settled for general statements.He is deliberately ignoring the understandings reached during the governments of his partner Ehud Barak and his predecessor Ehud Olmert. For Netanyahu, “no preconditions” means returning to the beginning.It’s hard to believe that he believes that Abbas, or any other Palestinian leader, would stay at the negotiating table for a single hour after hearing his proposals. Netanyahu called on the Palestinians to stop the negotiations over the negotiations. He has turned talking about solving the conflict into an inseparable part of managing the conflict.Obama is not fazed by speeches.