Displaying the her remarkable ability to bury her head in the sand while ignoring the elephant(s) in the room,
…U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that the U.S. would be following up on Israel’s activities in the West Bank to verify if it was implementing its promises to ease access and movement for the Palestinian population…
The secretary of state said her visit is not intended to introduce any new American proposals for the peace talks, saying the negotiations have been “pretty fruitful” thus far and that introducing new ideas would not be “useful.” — Ha’aretz
The insistence that there is some possibility of a meaningful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians at this time is exceptionally absurd, even by the standards of diplomacy.
What the US seems to want is some kind of paper which will then be used to justify forcing Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, which can be handed to the illegitimate Fatah-run Palestinian Authority (after all, Hamas won the election and is far more popular than Fatah today) to declare a Palestinian state.
Then the architects of this policy will say “we solved the Israeli-Palestinian problem!”, take their Nobel prizes and promises of a comfortable retirement from Saudi Arabia, and go home.
Here are some of the elephants that Ms. Rice does not see:
But in less than a year she will be moving on, while the IDF fights a three-front war with the Iranian backed Hamas and Hezbollah — which by then will have taken over Lebanon as well.
By that time Iran will have nuclear bombs and the ability to deliver them all over the Middle East, and perhaps Europe as well. But the most important goal of this administration will have been achieved: a Palestinian state.
What a way to protect American interests.