In case you've been wondering how things are in the Middle East....
The Quartet of international powers has "lost its grip" on the Middle East peace process which it is meant to foster, a group of aid agencies says.
"We are facing a vacuum in leadership," said Care International representative Martha Myers. "The Quartet's credibility is on the line."
Lost grip.....vacuum in leadership...... you can feel it coming, can't you?
The US will continue to seek a Middle East peace deal during George W Bush's final months in office, the president has told the Palestinian leader.