The proposed conference is doomed from the start. It will deliver nothing and it will be just another photo opportunity for the Bush administration in its last few months in office. You don't need a conference in DC to have peace in Palestine/Israel. What is needed is a courageous and effective US administration that is prepared to challenge the Zionist lobby and force Israel to withdraw from every inch of land it illegally occupied in 1967 and dismantle every single building it built, in flagrant defiance of international law, on stolen Palestinian land. Once this is achieved then there can be an international conference to discuss final status issues in terms of the repatriation of the Palestinians refugees in their land and the creation of a binational, democratic and secular state in Palestine/Israel where every citizen regardless of race or religion has equal rights under the law. Anything else is just an exercise in futility.
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