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  1. I agree one hundred percent, Richard. It’s way premature to say this, I know, but just for the sake of speculation, wouldn’t it be a kick if the worst American president of the last century was the one to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

    I guess the real question is whether Bush is going to back this up with action; and whether Congress will allow him to apply meaningful pressure on Israel to settle.

    Also I worry that Abbas could be a victim at home of his own diplomatic success abroad. I think his support among Palestinians is provisional; it wouldn’t take much for Israel to knock the legs out from under him if Sharon really wants to go back to the “no partner” argument.

  2. Oohhh, that’s a scary thought, Andrew–but a definite possibility. As you say though, a lot of water has to flow under that bridge before we get even close to a settlement. It a real oddness to think that such a despicable president, politician & human being might be the one to lead both sides to a place they’ve never even been close to–final status talks & finally an agreement. This is an example of history & events bringing you to a nexus of opportunity for peace. It’s really Bush, Abbas & Sharon’s to lose at this point. So far, Bush seems to have the guts & the right idea which I find my astonished to be saying.

    Congress is a real question mark. DeLay & all his Republican Christian Zionist caucus friends would love nothing better than to throw a wrench in the works at the first opportunity. How does Bush allow him to get away with this crap??

    Thanks for the comment…

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