WBEZ brings you unbiased news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Last week, when asked about the current Mideast peace talks, President Obama said, “There may come a point at which there just needs to be a pause, and both sides need to look at the alternatives.” His statement followed two other significant announcements last week. The first, that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas planned to form a unity government. That decision was met by a swift reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said his country would not participate in peace talks with Hamas, which both the U.S. and Israel recognize as a terrorist group. We’ll discuss the Israeli decision to suspend the talks, for now, with Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. PHOTO: (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 6, 2014.