Thursday, January 10, 2008
Bu$h Crosses the Rubicon
Bu$h in his first visit ever to Palistinian territory couldn't travel by helicopter today because of fog, so traveled to Ramallah by car with his huge entourage of limo's and armoured vans which of course presented no problems as he sped through the check point at the border.
Bush met separately with Olmert and Abbas in what appears to be nothing but typical photo-ops. The real action was at the Annapolis Conference at the U.S. Naval Academy November 27, 2007 in Annapolis, Maryland. With diplomats from Syria, Saudi Arabia and many other Middle Eastern countries in attendance The one-day conference was the Bush administration's first attempt since taking office in 2001 at brokering a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian people.
The road to Arab-Israeli peace could take yet another detour since Israel announced plans to seek funding for the expansion of two Jewish settlements in areas Palestinians hope to claim for a future state. According to its 2008 budget proposal, Israel plans to build 500 apartments in a fiercely contested part of East Jerusalem and another 240 in Maale Adumim, its largest West Bank settlement and one it intends to keep under any long-term peace agreement. Israel also turned down calls for a Gaza cease-fire, refusing to negotiate directly with Hamas, which controls the territory.