George Bush made another trip in order to assist in the quest for peace, in the aftermath of his short stay in several Middle Eastern nations lies a trail of confusion, anger, and missed opportunities to help resolve conflict. President Abbas made it clear that “Palestinians aren’t committed to Bush’s proposal for monetary compensation to Paletinian refugees.” Hizbullah leder, Sheikh hassan Nasrallah, referrred to the Bush idea as allowing Israel to “give crumbs to Palestinians.” and gunmen in Gaza wrecked an American school(which has no affiliation with any American agency) and killed a Hamas policeman in the process as they attempted to demonstrate anger against the American president. In Kuwait, Bush once again laid blame for violence in Iraq on the shoulders of Iran. “Iran’s role in formenting violence has been exposed,” declared the man who originated violence in Iraq.
President Abbas needs much more than what was granted by the benevolent US president who apparently believes Israel should obtain all of its goals even if some damage the ability of Palestinian leaders to work on a compromise. A more reasonable solution would be for West Bank settlement to be evacuated, buildings turned over to some Palestinian refugees as a symbol of reconciliation, and monetary payments be made to those who settle in the new state of Palestine. Such a dramatic proposal might capture the imagination of Palestinians and persuade them to accept much less than they desire in terms of the return of refugees. Israel simply can not absorb so many Palestinian refugees withouot completely altering the nature of the nation of Israel.