Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delivered an impassioned speech to the Arab world, calling for negotiations to resume but insisting that several key issues of contention are not open for debate.
Setting aside the pugnacious language for which he is better known, the Likud leader told heads of state from across the region: "I am willing to meet with you any time, any place - in Damascus, in Riyadh, in Beirut."
Mr Netanyahu also tentatively suggested, for the first time, that Israel would accept Palestinian statehood. But he angered officials in Ramallah by attaching a raft of audacious prerequisites to the new pledge.
Hopes had been high that the Israeli PM might soften his stance after meeting with Barack Obama in Washington last month.
The US President had pressed his counterpart on several key issues affecting the Middle East peace process. His call for an end to settlement activity was immediately rebuffed, but White House officials believed that a declaration of Palestine's "right to exist" might still be within reach.
What Mr Netanyahu's audience was treated to instead amounted to a curious mixture of rhetorical filibustering and conditional amiability.
The traditionally hawkish politician opened with an unequivocal assertion that: "I do not want war." He vowed to talk with Arab leaders at "any time, any place," saying: "Let's meet. Let's talk peace. Let's make peace."
In reality, though, few people on the Arab street will view the speech as a sincere olive branch. While mainstream media outlets in the West were quick to claim that Mr Netanyahu has finally thrown his weight behind a two-state solution, his actual words were far from committal.
The Israeli PM said that bringing the conflict to an end hinged on the Palestinian people's willingness to recognise "verbally, honestly, bindingly that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people".
He continued: "The territory in Palestinian hands must be demilitarised ... If we receive this undertaking ... and if the Palestinians recognise Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, we will be prepared ... to reach a solution of a demilitarised Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state."
In a country awash with militant groups – and surrounded by neighbouring Arab agitators who are only too keen to smuggle in weapons – pundits say that prospect is improbable at best, and farcical at worst.
And further cause for concern was given when the Israeli PM touched on the issue of Palestinian rights of return and the status of Jerusalem. Both of these hotly contested topics, he said, were not on the table.
The Palestinian Authority was quick to decry the familiar preconditions. President Mahmoud Abbas' office accused Israel of placing "restrictions on all efforts to achieve peace," while a senior aide of his slammed the Israeli PM for "creating tricks to sabotage the peace process".
Some hardliners even fumed that the speech would provoke an intifadah, though they too appear to be guilty of empty rhetoric. Hamas' ability to launch suicide attacks has been decimated since 2005.
Perhaps the most interesting response will come from Mr Obama. Despite voicing optimism over his meeting with Mr Netanyahu, the President appears to have had little impact. As with Guantanamo Bay, he may just discover that delivering on promises is harder than making them.