What’s different here is that the United States is no longer demanding that Israel place itself in existential jeopardy by giving up vital security territory alongside the Jordan River — or that it redefine its own Zionist cause by unilaterally surrendering part of Jerusalem, you know, just to be nice and a good citizen of the world.

Nor does it make the preposterous demand, implicit in the elite understanding of what the Palestinians would require to accept a deal with Israel, that the Jewish state cede the towns and neighborhoods they have built over the past 53 years to help the Palestinians make the West Bank ­effectively Jew-free.

What it says is that no Palestinians and no Israelis will be uprooted from their homes.

That sentence is a defining truth. It is what peace would truly mean.