However, Obama's repeated demands for Palestinians to "recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state" still cause consternation in this community. Such a step would mean shredding the Palestinian right of return to their ancestral homes across the Green Line. Obama is well aware that so far, no Palestinian leader has had enough political clout to do this -- though in official negotiating documents leaked in 2011, it was revealed that PLO negotiators acknowledged Israel as a Jewish state and largely disregarded Palestinian claims to the right of return. Abbas himself came close to going public about forgoing this right in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 late last year, but quickly backtracked after sparking an uproar.
Even if Obama does manage to get the Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table, don't expect the skepticism in the West Bank to dissipate overnight.
"Talking the talk is great, but it doesn't move reality to a better place," Bahour said. "It's high time we recognized that maybe we are looking [for an interlocutor] in the wrong place."
As spring descends upon the Palestinian territories, Obama's tour did little to soothe the Palestinian public's unease. Instead, his time spent attempting to rally the old cast of characters behind one more ill-fated attempt at peace only worked to deepen the sense of frustration -- and perhaps resignation -- reigning over the West Bank today.