The United States wants to revive the Middle East peace process at a moment when Palestinians are ready for civil war and Israeli's don't trust their own government. Will the threat of Iran get so-called "moderate" Arab governments to help out? Does the road to regional stability run through Jerusalem after all? Plus, Iraqi and US forces kill 50 militants in central Baghdad, and will California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provide a national model for healthcare?
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As President Bush prepares to address the nation tomorrow night on his new plan for Iraq, US and Iraqi soldiers battled for hours with insurgents today in downtown Baghdad. They were backed up by US helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Solomon Moore, who is in Baghdad for the Los Angeles Times, has more.
Solomon Moore, Criminal Justice Reporter, New York Times
After testifying to Congress on Thursday about Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will leave for the Middle East on Friday. Her first stops are Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories as she tries to revive the peace process at a time when Palestinian factions are on the verge of civil war and Israelis have lost confidence in their government. We ask both sides if internal conflicts make this the right time for compromise on their most basic issues. Will Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia make helpful concessions because they’re worried about Iran? Does the road to regional stability run through Jerusalem instead of Baghdad after all? We speak with journalists, Palestinians and Israelis, including a former advisor to Ariel Sharon.
Steven Erlanger, New York Times (@StevenErlanger)
Mousa Qous, Arabic Media Coordinator, Miftah
Raanan Gissin, Fellow, Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center
Mouin Rabbani, Institute for Palestine Studies (@jadaliyya)
Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations (@ecfr)
There are 36 million people in California--6.5 million of whom don't have health insurance. Governor Schwarzenegger would require everyone to buy health insurance and prohibit insurance plans from turning anyone down. The Governor's plan, which would provide a national model for healthcare reform, is getting more support from Democrats than from Republicans in his own party. Clea Benson, who reports from the State Capitol for the Sacramento Bee, reports on the details and the prospects.
Clea Benson, Bloomberg News
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