Can President Bush Bring Peace to a Scarred Holy Land?

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The first President Bush had Madrid. President Clinton had Oslo. Now President George Bush has Annapolis, his crash program to try and negotiate a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Many skeptics argue that Bush has ignored the problem too long or that peace can't be forced on the warring sides, but the White House refuses to back down from its goal of at least restarting the peace process. Although Middle East leaders have agreed to come to Maryland next week, nothing else is certain. It is not clear who will attend, how much support they will provide or how much room the leaders have for compromise. With just a year left in office, the President is struggling to make history against terrible odds.

Credits

Guests:
Michael Hirsh - Politico Magazine - @michaelphirsh, Bret Stephens - Foreign Affairs Columnist, Wall Street Journal, Akiva Eldar - Political Columnist, Ha'aretz, Sam Bahour - Palestinian-American political activist and businessman

Host:
Jim Sterngold

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal