Howdy Tosefta; Only one more year to go. As long as the peace negotiations get bogged down with discussing the phase-1 issues of the Road Map, then they can't very well get to the core issues now can they? An entire month has already been wasted arguing about settlement construction and rocket fire. At this rate, 2008 will come and go and the Annapolis "Declaration of Principles" can be tossed on the trash heap of history along with all the other failed proposals including your favorite: the Arab Ultimatum. Let's have a bonfire of diplomatic garbage or better yet a Viking funeral to celebrate New Year's Day, 2009. Oh dear, what are the Palestinians going to do if a Mormon replaces Bush, their refugees and all of their descendants are still sitting in refugee camps on the UN dole, there is no Palestinian state on the horizon, and their military options have been reduced to near zero? Ask Ahmadinejad to nuke Jerusalem? Hold Intifada III out of frustration and martyr themselves?
Australian hostage released by Al-Qaida in Burkina Faso; husband still held captive (AP)
from the article: Top PA official: Israel approved import of 50 armored vehicles