President Bush laid out a clear blueprint for resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict that will be attained within a year. His plan depends upon both sides adhereing to promises that would lead to a compromise solution. The President made two points, Israel must end the occupation of the West Bank and there has to be creation of an independent Palestinian state. He is insisting Israel adhere to territorial guidelines based on the armistice lines of 1949 while Palestinians must agree to end demands for return of refugees.
President Bush’s ideas are not that different from those previosly proposed, but never attained. Among the issues Bush is not addressing is the presence of Hamas and other groups which are not part of the peace negotiations. If Abbas agrees to end demands for the right of refugee return and Hamas insists on fighting for that right, where does that leave peace negoations? The president has continually failed to grasp the importance of involving a wide sprectrum of Palestinians in any peace negotiation. Abbas simply lacks the power to make such an agreement without having support of other Paletinian groups.