Arab participation and failure of joint Declaration are related - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 25.11.07 | 18:58 (IST)

    One can call the Arab participation in the Annapolis meeting its "first victory" or its "first failure", depending on whether one sees the cup half full or half empty. And the reason is that the Palestinians are insisting on the Arab Peace Plan, while Israel is still reluctant to even think about it. This means no meaningful Joint Declaration. An empty joint declaration might materialize, of course. It might say that both sides will work hard to achieve a peace agreement within a year. Without some details on the core issues, which inevitably will touch on the Arab Plan, this can still be characterized as "empty talk". I am not optimistic about the present peace process because: 1. Olmert has shown himself to be to "appeasing" towards Lieberman, who will continue to exert his influence. 2. Olmert himself, and the Israeli public, are too far from the Arab Plan. It will take a long time to change people's mind, and they need visionary leadership for this. 3. Bush exerts no pressure on Israel to compromise. 4. Instead of bringing Hamas into the process in order to continue their moderation, they have been besieged, leaving Abbas as a weak leader who cannot deliver, as Israel knows full well. (This failure is due to both Israel and US.)

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Attendance of Arab FMs is first victory of Annapolis
    First published 00:00 25.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.11.07
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