Sharon, Mubarak and Evolving Middle East Policy

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President Bush has met again with Presidents Hosni Mubarak of Egyptian and Ariel Sharon of Israel, both of whom are seeking to influence America's developing policy on the Middle East. Though anxious to revive peace talks, Bush has declined Mubarak's request for a specific timetable for speeding up the process of forming a Palestinian state. But he has also stopped short of endorsing Sharon's calls for eliminating Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat from the peace process. We assess these latest attempt to balance peace, Israeli security, Palestinian self-determination, and regional reform with journalists in the region as well as those traveling with its leaders, the principal negotiator of the Taba Accord, and a member of Arafat's newly reformed cabinet.
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US Department of Justice

Jerusalem Media and Communications Center

Jerusalem Report

Palestinian National Authority

Reuters News Service

Taba (Oslo II) Accord

US State Department

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

National Solar Observatory



Warren Olney