Monday, November 26, 2007

Israel/Palestine: Optimism (maybe)

Georgie, Israeli PM Olmert and Palestinian President Abbas met today in preparation for the Annapolis Summit which would resume the never-ending Middle East Peace Talks that have been going on since I was wearing a micro-mini-skirt and go-go boots. Today's meeting is one more of a long series of attempts to get the Peace Train back on the Roadmap -- right now it's where it usually is, upside-down in the ditch, on fire.

I just saw a short clip of Georgie and Olmert and Georgie said all and sundry were very optimistic:

"Hours before the opening of a high-stakes international conference on the Middle East, President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed hope Monday that peace finally could be achieved. A senior member of the Palestinian delegation said an elusive joint statement on the contours for future talks was within reach. "I'm looking forward to continuing our serious dialogue with you and the president of the Palestinian Authority to see whether or not peace is possible," Bush said after meeting with Olmert in the Oval Office ahead of the conference. Bush had a similar meeting scheduled with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later in the day. "I'm optimistic," Bush said."
Apparently the meeting went better than expected, resulting in a joint statement that would set out the parameters for a separate Palestinian state. Okay, good -- but it's just symbolic unless all parties follow up with a commitment to making it work. So far that "making it work" thing isn't looking good.