Bush Leaves Israel-Did He Further Peace?

President Bush left Israel asking leaders of both sides to pursue their quest for peace. The unanswered question is did his visit aid or damage this desire for peace? The president supported two of Israel’s main goals– maintain their West Bank settlements, and not be compelled to accept the return of Paestinian refugees. He urged President Abbas to ensure that violence ceaces in the region and cooperation continues with Israel. Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, whose group has not been allowed to participate in negotiations, attacked the President for uppoting the two main Israel goals while only offering Palestinians “more illusions.”

Bush, as usual, uttered words of peace, but the issue is not his words, but deeds. Israel leaders are certainly pleased with his support of their political objectives, but Palestinians are left with nothing to show for participating in peace talks. What exactly does President Abbas have to say to his supporters about Bush’s comments? On one hand, President Bush urges Israel to end the occupation, but, on the other hand, he supports the presence of West Bank settlements which are a product of the occupation. President Abbas has been left with little to show for engaging in peace talks other than providing Bush plenty of photo ops.

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  • Gail Carpenter

    *BU$H AND HIS WRECKING CREW OF MISFITS* =better known as the ‘congress/senate/representatives’ actually do something worthwhile here? ROTFLMFAOOOOO
    * A-GOVERNMENT-BY-THE-PEOPLE? “was”
    * A GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE? “was”
    ‘today its a’
    * GOVERNMENT BY THE FILTHY RICH &
    CORRUPT POWERFUL! ‘YUP, sure is’
    * GOVERNMENT FOR THE FILTHY RICH &
    CORRUPT POWERFUL! ‘no doubt about it’

    “WE-THE-PEOPLE-OF-THE-WORLD”?
    SCREWED RAW WITHOUT A KISS.
    wake up Johnny Q Public, its not going to fix its self.
    THINK ABOUT IT FANS.

  • Abdul

    What has anyone gained from this peace process???
    unfortunatly since Israel was pressured to abandon the territories in oslo, any concession to those claiming to represent us palestinians has resulted in tears and bloodshed for us and israel.
    evn now I am writing under an assumed name. I am afraid to be discovered.
    until 1999 you could still find palestinians beggin to remain under israel’s protection. now we are all too scared to talk!!!!!
    I pray abbas gets nothing more, god forbid we should have more killing fields between him and the murderers in gazza

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Abbas is making a sincere effort to work towards peace. He is not encouraging the firing of rockets from Gaza.