Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to resign last week, saying Israel doesn't want peace and won't accept a Palestinian state.
It was just the latest in a series of setbacks for Middle East peace going back almost 50 years.
Author David Aikman is appeared on Tuesday's edition of The 700 Club to explain why after more than 30 years of the peace process, the Middle East is still so far from peace. Click play to watch the interview.
This peace process has been characterized by decades of conferences, summits and high level cajoling designed to find a permanent solution to Middle East troubles.
It is a goal that has been repeated like a mantra by political leaders in the West.
"It is critical for us to advance a two-state solution where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in their own states with peace and security," President Barack Obama said during a news conference earlier this year.
But far beyond Israel and the Palestinian villages, fault lines throughout the Middle East can shift and shake up the world.
In Iran, the mullahs are racing to become the next nuclear nation so they can wipe Israel off the map.
Meanwhile, autocrats in Egypt and Saudi Arabia are wondering if a younger, more radical Muslim generation will overturn the existing order.
Finally, Lebanon sits on an ethnic powder keg, and a terrorist group stockpiled with missiles is calling most of the shots.
At the heart of it all is Jerusalem. For Jews, it is their united eternal capital. For Muslims, it is the place of Mohammed's ascension and the home of a future Palestinian state. And for Christians, it is the place where Jesus will return to rule the earth.
In his new book, The Mirage of Peace, best-selling author David Aikman explains why all the talk about peace doesn't reflect the reality rooted in centuries of conflict.
Country by country, he explores the tumultuous history of the region that never seems to settle down.