Hello, Mark, You say it is likely President Bush has already determined to settle this conflict; but I wonder. He has repeatedly stated the talks are to be bilateral, and is willing to step in only when they are deadlocked. One thing I've noticed about Mr Bush is that he can usually be taken at his word (disagreeable though I often find it). Still, any reasonable person must hope and pray for the best possible outcome, which is an equable peace, no matter what the method. We are, I think, about to enter a most interesting time. Kind regards.
Israeli justice minister: Pollard will be released November 20 (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel, PA agree to strive for deal by end of 2008