The basic error in the Rice-Olmert approach to peace in the Middle East is that neither actually wants peace if it is going to cost Israel anything (spell that the occupied territories). Neither considers the Palestinian Authority anything but a joke - and neither will ever treat it as anything but a doormat. Both were far more interested in keeping the Palestinians divided than dealing with a government which represented the overwhelming majority of Palestinians. Neither was willing to do anything of substance to help Abbas after the abortive attempt to assassinate the leadership of Hamas turned into a disaster last June. Both will be delighted in three days after the Annapolis meeting is over. It was only intended to show Americans that "peace was Bush's mission" in the middle east, and destroy the Saudi Peace Initiative by proving that there can be no peace in the middle east. Mission Accomplished. Now for tomorrow's take-off, followed by the stall, crash and burn.
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