Perez has no influence with the current government, and little influence with Israelis regarding peace with the Palestinians. There should be no doubt about Americana commitment to help maintain Israeli security. There should also be no doubt that for 30yrs. American Presidents, Republican and Democratic alike, have decried the settlement enterprise and only the first Bush president did anything to emphasize American displeasure with the colonialist behavior. True commitment to Israeli security realizes that the increasing unlikely 2-state solution is the only thing that will truly make Israel secure, that and peace agreements with its neighbors as offered by the Saudi proposal (rejected out of hand by Israel), and acceptance of the concessions that the PA was willing to make at great risk to its own security which were also rejected. Continued building in E. Jerusalem and the W. Bank make Israel less and less secure as Amos Gilad has made clear according to another article in today's edition. What's it going to take for Israel to come to its senses?
Roadside bomb kills five border officers in western Iraq (AP)
from the article: Peres to Clinton: Mideast 'storm' must bring peace and democracy