| Sun Jan. 4, 2009 9:19 PM EST

SETTLEMENTS....Todd Gitlin calls this admission from Aaron David Miller "shocking." The subject is Israeli-Palestinian relations:

In 25 years of working on this issue for six secretaries of state, I can't recall one meeting where we had a serious discussion with an Israeli prime minister about the damage that settlement activity — including land confiscation, bypass roads and housing demolitions — does to the peacemaking process.

It's sort of hard to imagine an equally important topic on the Palestinian side never even being raised with its top leadership, isn't it?