"The idea that somehow the president of the United States would
call an international meeting so that we could all have a photo op
is very far-fetched," said American Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice during a recent visit to the Middle East. "I think everyone
expects it to be serious and substantive, and everybody expects it
to address critical issues. We don't expect anything less. We can't
simply continue to say we want a two-state solution; we have got to
start to move towards one."
Those are strong words. The question is the degree of substance,
creative thinking and intent behind those words.
Forty years after 1967, over l00 years since the beginning of the
clash between the modern Jewish and Palestinian national movements,
we are once again nearing a possible crossroads. There are
skeptics who say that all the major protagonists - the host
American administration led by President George W. Bush, the
Israeli government led by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the
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