Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met last week in the ongong process of talk and inaction. They discussed the lack of results from secret talks being held by their respctive foreign ministers on issues related to West Bank settlements, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Israel, in response to American pleas, did remove some roadblocks and checkpoints in the West Bank but Palestinian an third-party observers say only a small number of dirt piles have been pushed aside and that the main obstacles to Palestinian traffic still remain intact. Olmert complained West Bank settlements were in clear violation of the roadmap plan while Olmert cited a letter from President Bush in 2004 which assured Israel their West Bank settlements would remain intact in any fnal-status solution with Palestinians.
As the two leaders met to discuss more meetings, Hamas continued its own threats of pssible bombings anddenunciation of any talks. Israel leaders this week warned of war with Iran and the civilian population conducted air raid drills. The only result of all these discussions is no result. Perhaps, that is the Bush plan for resolving Middle East problems. After all, that is the goal in Iraq.