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Transmitted below is an assessment of "Annapolis" by Marwan Bishara,
posted today on the website of ALJAZEERA ENGLISH, for which Marwan is
now the senior political analyst.
Short on peace, long on process
By Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst
Previous talks have failed to find a solution that provides for
between Israelis and Palestinians [AFP]
Hosted by the US president and supported by Arab, European and other
foreign ministers, Palestinian and Israeli leaders are expected to
re-launch their long stalled negotiations in Annapolis on Tuesday.
Judging from its high attendance and low expectations, Annapolis is
more likely to help three sitting ducks, Olmert, Abbas and Bush, than
advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.
The summit also helps the "peace president" silence his domestic Iraq
policy detractors as the "war president" tries to isolate his Middle
East rivals like Iran who reject a pax Americana in the region.