Interpreting Bush's Middle East Policy

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Reactions to President Bush's proposal for bringing peace to the Middle East are divided and somewhat confused. Clear enough are his goals and his call for Palestinian democracy as a means of earning an independent state. Yet in a speech that stopped far short of offering a timeline for establishing such a state or any mechanism for its implementation, Bush appears to have raised more questions than answers. We look at what the US can do to get the ball rolling and the consequences if Palestinians don't go along with journalists in Washington, Europe, the Arab World and the Middle East itself.
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American Enterprise Institute


Christian Science Monitor

El-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies

The Independent

Jerusalem Media and Communications Center

Jerusalem Report


Palestine Report



Warren Olney