Israel-Palestinian Press Reports Death Before Birth

There was widespread consensus among leading Israel and Arab newspapers that Annapolis was anything but a rousing success. In the Israeli Yediot Ahronot, columnist Nahum Barnes noted that nothing less than a “miracle would be required” for a Palestinian state to be created by the end of 2008. Its military expert blasted Olmert for placing restrictions on the military in dealing with the Gaza situation. Maariv, the nation’s second largest newspaper commented in an editorial that “peace agreed for the cameras” and the main achievment was helping Olmert make it through another year in office. It commented that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, “knows that the chances for a peace treaty in a year as as great as Olmert being elected US president next November.”

According to the Arab newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, “the only success at Annapolis is that the conference took place.” It caustically claimed Olmert was the winner since the world now regards nuclear power Israel which has imprisoned 11,000 Palestinians as a fighter for peace. According to experts, the overall conclusion being drawn by Israel and Arab newspapers is that Annapolis in the long run will have proved to do more harm than good.

  • mendy

    finally some sane words:
    annapolis fails because it is far reaching and the vaguest summit in decades.
    the only thing discussed was that all sides must discuss further and that for now we won’t talk on the tough parts to keep the smiles for the cameras only later we will have a full year to fight over everything.
    the only tacit agreement between the two sides is that definitely they profoundly disagree on everything so far……..
    syria got insulted and the rest of the arabs leaders are more preoccupied by the situation in lebanon………
    o and the president is in a race to fame which absolutely nobody cares about outside the white house

  • Fred Stopsky

    I guess my sanity is another person’s expression that he is usually right.