The absurd conditions of Olmert (while deciding to build even more housing units in the illegal settlements, thus himself explicitly not abiding to the road map) are a simple repetition of what all Israeli governments did before: only when the Palestinian extremists become lap dogs, they will talk with the moderates. Thus the extremists have all the power: if they turn down the offer, the Israeli government will support the Israeli extremists even more. The extremists on both side are in power, not the moderates. Why does Dr.Rice accept that? I`m afraid she is all empty promises, no deeds. She knows that Olmert can always point to some Palestinian action to stall any progres. Olmert knows that he can stall the process and that Dr.Rice will accept it. They are both happy the way it is. The people that suffer in the streets of Palestine have arrogant colonial adversaries, cynical leaders with no courage. They stand bare handed and the 3rd Intifada WILL happen one day.
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