November 5, 2007


Both sides seek Mideast peace deal before Bush leaves office (Helene Cooper, November 5, 2007, NY Times)

Israeli and Palestinian officials have given themselves to the end of President George W. Bush's administration to reach a comprehensive peace agreement, Israeli, Palestinian and American officials said Monday.

The deadline of just over a year from now first laid out by the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, on Sunday night and then confirmed Monday by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, gives a huge boost to the efforts of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to push the two sides toward a peace plan during her tenure.

Abbas and Olmert indicated that the coming Middle East peace conference in Annapolis would begin substantive talks on the four contentious final status issues that have bedeviled peace negotiators since 1979.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2007 7:02 AM
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