Lax Leadership Plagues Middle East Peace

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With this week-s suicide bombings timed to divert President Bush-s effort to get the peace process back on track, Israelis, Palestinians and the Bush administration all are divided within themselves about what to do next. As Yasser Arafat demanded a stop to the violence, calling it an invitation to Israel-s reoccupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli troops rounded up 2500 Palestinians. Meanwhile, 1500 other Palestinians staged a hunger march, blaming both sides for their misery. Now, President Bush has delayed his much-awaited proposal to give the Palestinians an -interim state.- We get a taste of the frustration with the laxity in leadership that-s plaguing Middle East peace from current and former Israeli, Palestinian and US government insiders.
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