There is one wild card at Annapolis: President Bush himself. He does not lose, nor do the Republicans, if he follows through on his committment to a Palestinian state and Mahmoud Abbas. That doesn't mean however that Abbas will get everything he wants, but Abbas must realize that any thoughts that America will turn on Israel are wishful. Should this mediation fail, the next phase will become in American public opinion increasingly a for or against Israel matter, and although Bush might be portrayed as being less than fully supportive of Israel for taking risks at the mediation, he is a lame duck whose endorsement may not be desireable. Bush has little to lose by going for broke in these negotiations, which is why he is truly a wild card.
Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah in White House later this month (Reuters)
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