After Israel’s clinical operation in Jenin with minimal collateral damage did the PA as so many times before announce that it would end security cooperation with Israel. This put the State Department in a frenzy in “working the phones”. This begs the question: Is the Department of State unaware that while security cooperation is convenient for Israel, it is a matter of survival for the Palestinian Authority itself. The Palestinian Authority would not survive without security cooperation with Israel as Hamas would take control over Area A. Therefore any statement to the effect that the PA is “ending” security cooperation cannot be taken seriously. Sometimes American naivety regarding the Middle East seems boundless. I mean no disrespect, but how is it possible for professionals who are supposedly specialized in Middle Eastern affairs to be so ignorant?