Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I have been worried that the Annapolis peace conference was a bad idea, although not with the intensity and conviction of many conservatives. It seems to me that the risk is that any plausible agreement will strengthen the bad guys more than the good guys. That said, the fact that Iran and Hamas are attacking the negotiations makes me want them to succeed, and wonder whether they ought to.
That depends rather strongly on whether the Saudis and the Egyptians can put enough pressure to bear on the Palestinians to grow up and behave responsibly, thereby removing an irritant in Arab relations with the United States.
That would, in turn, help us present a united front to Iran. Not a surprise that Iran and its proxies are worried.
Mideast summit a 'failure,' Iran claims
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicts 'collapse' of Israel
WASHINGTON -- A day after their optimistic pledge to negotiate peace within a year, Israeli and Palestinian leaders faced the more sobering realities of Middle East politics Wednesday as Iran predicted Israel would "collapse" before any deal is reached.
With President George W. Bush acting as host, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a symbolic negotiating session at the White House ahead of the first formal talks next month.
"It was a hopeful beginning," Bush said following the meeting.