Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert are meeting with President George Bush today in Annapolis, Maryland, in another attempt to reach some sort of peace agreement. I can’t imagine that any of the attendees really believes our decidedly undiplomatic, foot-in-mouth president can broker a deal for the incendiary Middle East.
It was, in fact, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who organized the conference and lobbied extensively just to get the participants to attend. Does anyone doubt this slapdash, last-minute peace conference is an attempt by Mr. Bush to salvage something positive for his presidential legacy? He hasn’t even deigned to talk to the principals for the last seven years!
Until the Palestinians stop attacking the Israelis and the Israelis have totally vacated Gaza and the West Bank to make way for a Palestinian state, there will be no peace between them. George Bush long ago frittered away the world respect and credibility he needs to influence the process.